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04 September 2012

Historical blends of time and place

One of the most enjoyable things I do with  my iPad is experiment with layering photos.  There are several neat little apps that do only that (Layover and Photos, among others), in as may variations as you have time for in your day...for example, 
Father and son

A bed of snowy hills

I was very interested in Shawn Clover's photos I saw this morning on PetaPixel, of San Francisco, blended between images from the 1906 earthquake and today.

screen shot of  http://shawnclover.com/2010/10/01/1906-2010-the-quake-blend-part-i/ 

In the two parts of his story, Clover writes about the process of locating, and sorting through, thousands of historical photos, deciding which ones would work for his "blended photos" project, determining the exact spot where the photographer had stood, and then travelling to those locations to see it were possible to stand in the same spot today, to take the "same" picture (focus, angle, etc) of a radically changed view.
screen shot of  http://shawnclover.com/2010/10/01/1906-2010-the-quake-blend-part-i/ 

His pictures are subtle, stunning, and give the viewer a creepy historical incite into the permanence, yet fleetingness, of time and place.

Visit Clover's pages for Part 1 and Part 2, to read how he produced the photos, and see each of the pictures full size.