New Orleans Nine Years After Katrina
Ted Jackson of the Times-Picayune selected photographs from the archives taken during and after hurricane Katrina in 2005, some of which he took himself. He found the same locations and re-shot them nine years after the hurricane that devastated the city. Jackson also tells us the stories behind the locations. The top picture here was taken in September of 2005 by John McCusker.
This was a perfect choice to reshoot since the two houses in the photo have been rebuilt. The location was iconic. The water lines are clearly visible on the exterior walls. When I located the corner, I was surprised to find new landscaping blocking the view. After carefully studying the angles and rooflines as they compared with each other, it became clear that the spot McCusker stood was now crowded by a large bush and a stop sign. I also needed about six feet of elevation to match the debris pile the security worker was walking on. A ladder and a tripod solved both of these issues.
Jackson mentions in the comments that there were many great photos taken during the disaster that couldn’t be recreated because none of the landmarks in them have survived. You can compare a dozen pairs of pictures with a slide application at the Times-Picayune site. The very last photo is particularly devastating. -via Metafilter