There was a time not too long ago in which photography was a slow and cumbersome process. It took a lot of logistical planning and a careful meting out of precious film frames on worthy subjects.
The time lag between taking the photographs to publication could take anywhere from a few weeks to even years, as the film had to be processed and converted into a format that could be printed and shared.
So if a photo seemed out of season it was no big deal. Our thought processes were not honed to expect that a photographic depiction was current.
But digital photography and the Internet has changed all of that. With photographs being uploaded directly from events as they happen, the way that we think about images as changed.
More and more the brain is trained to assume that an image is fresh, new and current. As a matter of fact, if it is not, it seems out of place!
So we are less likely to “get away” with old photographs than ever before. It is an anthropological evolution resulting from the “I want it now” attitude and the desire to assimilate information quickly.
And now a day old photo really is yesterday’s news!