Recreating A 100 Year Old Photo
I found a picture in an old archive of a waterfall taken 100 years ago (1911)
Capturing the image
After hiking down to the waterfall I found a bank of sand which looked like a vantage point very similar to where the image would have been taken. It got me thinking about how easy it was to get there with wooden steps, platforms and a pre formed path through the bush. Compare that to what I’d imagine the absolute trek back in 1911 with the only way of getting down to be bush bashing and having to use ropes – and probably a great deal of ingenuity – to get down the cliff into the valley.
Back to the image – I setup the shot and did the best I could to frame and replicate the shutter speed in the original image. I managed to mostly match up the composition, though because of the recent rainfalls the conditions were a little wetter then they were in the original photo.
ISO 50, 27mm, f16 1/3sec and snap!
The Question is what’s changed in the last 108 years?
After capturing the shot I was able to clearly see what has changed since 1911 and, to my surprise, there were a few things:
The trees had grown, of course.
The log at the bottom of the waterfall was exactly the same!
Yep that big old hunk of wood hadn’t moved all that time.
But the biggest impact of all
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Thank you for sharing. I love your philosophy and I hope you find lot of other old photos to make these comparisons.
Unfortunately our simple expansion into nature’s abode is our most destructive path.