Friday, December 20, 2013

Fascinating Composite "Then and Now" 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Pictures

My friend Dennis sent me a link to the web page Composite Then and Now Photos of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake yesterday, and I shared it on Facebook, but I want to share it with all of my readers also:

The site says:

"Since 2010, San Francisco photographer Shawn Clover has been working on a striking series of then and now composite photos of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. To create the series, Clover collected archival photos of the earthquake’s aftermath. He then replicated the photos himself, down to the location, camera position and focal length (to the best of his estimation). The resulting composite photos hauntingly combine stark images of the earthquake’s devastation with modern scenes of life in San Francisco."

Even if you don't have any ancestral image in San Francisco, this technique and the results are fascinating for everyone.  I can see trying to do this with ancestral photographs also, similar to what people did with the "My Photo" feature in 2011 where you held up an old photo in front of the current scene.  

My wife and I were interested in this series of composite photographs because her great-grandparents and her grandmother resided in San Francisco in 1906, experienced the earthquake, and probably saw many of the archive photo scenes.  

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