Saturday, September 1, 2012

20 Astonishing Then-and-Now Photos Blend Scenes from the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Present Day

It’s hard to imagine what the destruction of San Francisco via earthquake would look like today in modern San Francisco. But a photo project completed a few years ago by Shawn Clover does just that, blending images of the fires that brought down the city with normal present-day life.

The technique is a clever way to visualize the past and present as one, unlike most other projects with the same aim. As he says on his website, “I’ve always been frustrated by typical ‘then and now’ photos because the photographer always seems to do a sloppy job aligning his ‘then’ photos with the ‘now’ photos.”

Ultimately, it was a great move, because the final effect is eerie, and reminds us that the city is not necessarily so far off from yet another looming natural disaster.

Check out more photos from this cool project here, and see more of Clover’s mesmerizing work on his website.

1 comment:

  1. Looking at it now, it's hard to imagine how damaged San Francisco was back then. It's even tougher to think how the people managed to build things back up without modern technology and things like PPLIC insurance plans to help them out.