Glimpses of the 1906 Earthquake Seen in Modern-Day Photos of San Francisco

Two years ago, San Francisco-based photographer Shawn Clover began to create an amazing series of images, titled 1906 + 2010: The Earthquake Blend, featuring photographs captured during the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake blended into views of what the city currently looks like.

He writes,

To put these photos together, I first create a catalog of historical photos that look like they have potential to be blended. Unfortunately most of these photos end up on the digital cutting room floor because there’s simply no way to get the same photo today because either a building or a tree is in the way. Once I get a good location, I get everything lined up just right. My goal is to stand in the exact spot where the original photographer stood. Doing this needs to take into account equivalent focal length, how the lens was shifted, light conditions, etc. I take plenty of shots, each nudged around a bit at each location. Just moving one foot to the left changes everything.

You can check out his original set of photos here, and a more recently published set here.

(via Laughing Squid)

Image credits: Photographs by Shawn Clover

  • Dave

    I love these. I think colorizing the black and white portions would be even more dramatic.

  • Bua

    Damn awesome!

  • Rauno Salumets

    Good, but transition could be better

  • Mantis

    Nah, I don’t know about that. You’d lose the contrast between eras if you did that.

  • Sean

    Great work, would love to see something similar of bombed Berlin or Stalingrad from WW2, or even Hiroshima

  • Jessica

    This is a fantastic concept but it could benefit from cleaner masking.

  • Shawna Borman

    Great vision, I hope all the hard work you put into this project pays off. You deserve it! Brilliant and Very entertaining!

  • Person

    These ones are much better than the link that you shared

  • rebecca

    I like seeing before and after, this is a creative approach, but I would prefer to see the whole scene in both images rather than a blend.