Through the lens, let’s journey through time.
Another entry for Friday’s Amazing Journeys. In the early morning hours of April 18, 1906, San Francisco was shaken by a massive and legendary earthquake. The quake and resulting fire decimated the city, killing as many as 3,000.
A few weeks after the quake, George Lawrence took the iconic photograph pictured above (top). The aerial panorama shows the true extent of the damage, and it’s darkly fascinating. Click here (do it) to find an embiggened version, to explore down to the pixel, almost to the individual face.
Of course, airplanes weren’t even three years old by this time, so aerial photography techniques were quite different than they are today. Airships were expensive and hard to control, so how did Lawrence do it?
That’s quite the setup. Cameras weren’t exactly available off the shelf, either, so Lawrence had to build his own!
A century later, a group of photographers and tinkerers led by Ron Klein wanted to recreate the picture, using modern San Francisco as a backdrop. They built a modern version of Lawrence’s camera, attached it to a helicopter, and the result is the bottom version up there.
And of course, this journey wouldn’t be complete without an equally embiggened version of Klein’s feat, too.
Who says you need a time machine?
"Boulevard du Temple", photo taken by Louis Daguerre in 1838 in Paris. The image shows a street, but because of the over ten minute exposure time the moving traffic does not appear. The exceptions are the man and shoe-shine boy at the bottom left, and two people sitting at a table nearby who stood still long enough to have their images captured.
The images below the text show the fossil Calamites that make up the fossil forest found in the mines. All pictures are looking up at the roof of the mine.
For my 50th post ….. The Luttrell Psalter Film is a short film based on the famous images of medieval village life from the 14th Century Luttrell Psalter. The Psalter was made for Sir Geoffrey Luttrell of Irnham in Lincolnshire and is famous for its depiction of ordinary people. It is a remarkable and precious part of Lincolnshire’s heritage. The film was made for Lincoln’s museum.
This is the English version of the previously posted Dutch clip. Placidus is a Roman soldier, stationed in the legion’s camp of Noviomagus along the Rhine. In this film he shows you the clothing, armour and equipment of the Roman legionary soldier in the first century AD.