Photo Essay

History Now

Yin & Yang

I'm addicted to historic photos. I love those lonely scenes of empty streets where you have to guess at the decade by the cut of a woman's dress or the age of the car at the curb. I find myself looking for buildings that still exist, wondering if I can stand at the same spot now and capture the same feeling of a moment in time, lost.

I know the reasons I like those pictures are probably not the same reasons the photographers originally took them. No one knows the farm gets sold or lightning burns the building down or gas hits $10 a gallon. So I shoot the empty streets for the sunrise, secretly hoping someone will someday recognize their aunt's apartment by the plant in the window, or miss how wide the sidewalks were, or stand at the same intersection with their own camera waiting for the world to pass.

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