Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Boston: Then and Now

When I visited the gift shop of the Museum of Fine Arts, I could not resist purchasing Old Boston: A Book of Postcards. In reality, it is more a collection of photographs taken around the turn of the 20th century.

I'm fascinated by time, and the concept that the more things change the more they remain the same.

This is particularly true in cities such as Boston which have a rich history spanning centuries. The landmark monuments are frozen in time amidst the glass and chrome skyscrapers of the modern era.

These postcards inspired me to embark on a photography challenge my final week in the city. I set out to replicate a 21st century photograph of some of these same iconic buildings. While the angles may be slightly different, and my camera lens is often not wide enough... it was a fun experiment. I hope you enjoy...

The Boston Public Library

The Massachusetts State House

10 and 11 Commonwealth Avenue

Quincy Market

Faneuil Hall

Boston Public Garden

Swan Boats


  1. Fun project! It turned out well, too.

    1. Thank you so much, Joy! I would love to do the same project in other cities. I wonder if it would be feasible in St. Louis?

  2. I love these old postcards and the contrast with the current photos. It's neat to see how things have changed and also not changed as much as one would expect.

  3. What fascinating before and after photos and what a beautiful city !

  4. Wow love the photos. Great project. thanks for sharing these

  5. What an awesome idea. I live near Yale college in Ct and have been around there taking photographs lately. I might just st check and see if there are postcards of the Yale college. Thst fouls add to my weathervane project there. I so enjoyed your photos


Related Posts with Thumbnails