For the past two weeks, Los Angeles has experienced some sharp jolts-- earthquakes that have been centered a little too close to home. It was after one of these events that I happened upon Shawn Clover's project, 1906 + Today: The Earthquake Bend, where he has created photographs that span a hundred years.
After reading San Francisco is Burning, Dennis Smith’s superb book of San Francisco’s reaction to the 1906 earthquake, I got to thinking. What if I could precisely line up photos taken in 1906 with my own and combine the two together? 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.