Wednesday, October 13, 2004

San Francisco, then vs. now

Stumbled across an interesting website tonight that compares screen captures from the 1958 film Vertigo with contemporary photos taken from as close to the same vantage point as possible without setting up a tripod and leaving it there for 45 years!

Aside from the skill of the photographer in painstakingly recreating the precise scenes, and seeing how little San Francisco has changed over the past 45 years, what struck me most about these shots is how much trees enhance the urban landscape. For examples, try here, here, or here. Even the tiny little street trees here.

Now I have to go out and actually watch the movie...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll lend you my widescreen VHS copy. It's totally worth the watch!!!


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Saw Vertigo when I was a kid, but watched it again last night and much was new.

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While in SF in March 2006 we retraced the Bullitt scenes. Great stuff.


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