Monday, March 7

looking into the past on flickr

past 1past 2past b4past 4

My friend Jenny had a bedroom on the hillside that overlooked the desert valley below, filled with duplexes, four-way stops and a strip-mall where our mothers grocery shopped and we took ballet class. When her dad bought the land her house sits on, he snapped a photo of his then-new view. As young teenagers, we liked to sit on her bed, press the old photo against the window, and observe how things had changed in the 20-or-so years since he purchased the property. Of course, it was nearly duplex- and strip mall-free.

I've always been mildly obsessed with old stuff, and how things change, or more specifically, how we change them. Thusly, the Looking into the Past pool on Flickr makes my heart go pitter-pat. I've got to start contributing.

I especially like it when the antique photo is held by an aging hand.

Images: Top to bottom by jasonepowell, ABC Open Riverland, ABC Open Riverland and ohdarling.

Via Tiffany's shared Reader items via Modern Kiddo.

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10 comments:

Chelsea said...

LOVE. I always love to visit my childhood homes and see how they've changed. Would love to do this next time I go for a visit.

Busy as a Bee in Paris said...

how fun! love it!

brianna kim said...

this is one of the most interesting set of photos i have ever seen. love it!

Hannah said...

Those are incredible. I want to try it out.

Tiffany shares the best stuff.

hogger and co. said...

WOW! AMAZING!! Great idea; am going to go visit the pool, now!

theolivetree said...

This is such a sweet idea!

Kayla Poole said...

These are amazing. I actually got chills looking through some. It's like a surreal time warp... totally cool!

Lane Anderson said...

I think I like the writing of this post even more than the photos--which are wonderful. I love the image of you and Jenny (Blank) overlooking the valley. I can just see Smith's in my mind's eye! Really wonderfully written. This may be one of my favorite ever posts!

emily ballard said...

Those are so neat. make me want to go outside and take pictures of some of my favorite places.

Scott and Lindsey said...

This is genius! I wish I had a photo like this of my childhood home.