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San Francisco 1906 + Today

Shawn Clover is back with a second installment of “The Earthquake Blend,” photo mashups from 1906 quake aftermath and today.

Photographer Shawn Clover, whose clever and chilling project “The Earthquake Blend” I’ve posted about before, has expanded the project with a second installment. Shawn describes the delay, explaining the exacting standards he strives for when recreating the photos. His perfectionism regarding vantage, lighting, and lack of new obstructions is what makes the photography so chilling. As in Part I, the juxtaposition of modern life in SF with scenes of the same locations just a few generations before presents a really eye-opening way of viewing earthquake risk, and bringing the threat to life. These photographs could easily constitute a quake awareness campaign throughout the city.

1906 + Today – The Earthquake Blend: Part II

Have a look through his second set of photo blends. They’re in turn amusing and terrifying. Brilliant work, Shawn.

Hat tip to Christoph Grützner of Paleoseismicity for bringing this to my attention

Earthquake photo mash-ups

San Francisco-based photographer Shawn Clover came up with a creative project: not only did he re-create classic photos of the 1906 earthquake’s destruction from the same vantage points as the original shots, but he’s blended the old and new together in surreal, oddly amusing, and moderately alarming photo stitches.

"Two girls stand before the partially destroyed Sharon Building in Golden Gate Park while students work on their art projects inside." Photograph blend by Shawn Clover. More can be found at http://shawnclover.com/2010/10/01/1906-2010-the-quake-blend-part-i/

From the photographer’s website:

Where was the exact spot the photographer stood? What was the equivalent focal length of his camera’s lens combined with the film medium? How high off the ground was the camera? Where was the sun in the sky? Everything needs to be precise when layering two photos on top of each other.

Have a look at the whole collection:

Shawn Clover – The Earthquake Blend

The fascinating perspectives capturing the destroyed “then” and the recovered “now” would make a superb earthquake awareness campaign, don’t you think?

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