Monday, January 7, 2013

Our Changing Landscape

In the late 1930s or early 1940s, Jim Hoy took a series of pictures around Bovina Center.  I decided to try and replicate these photos on January 5 and 7, 2013 - some were easier to replicate than others.  Here are four images I tried to replicate.

This first shot is a general view overlooking the hamlet.  As with all the scenic shots, the big challenge was the growth in vegetation.  One of the biggest changes, beyond the vegetation, is the removal of the Bovina Reformed Presbyterian Church, located where the playground is now located.  The recent shot was taken January 7, 2013.

This one was the hardest, given how much the forest has come back.  I want to try again on the other side of the stone wall.  The smoke is coming from the creamery - this was a common scene and shows up in a number of pictures taken in the 20s and 30s.  The current shot was taken January 5, 2013.

These shots were taken standing in John and Margaret Hilson's driveway, which was Jim Hoy's driveway in the 1940s.  Notice in Jim's picture the third building beyond the firehouse on the left.  That house was demolished in 1960.  The current shot was taken January 5, 2013.

As near as I can tell, Jim was standing in the middle of the street to do this shot, so I did the same. The building on the right closest to the camera was moved back from the road and a bit closer to what is now Mark Foster's house in the 1950s. The current picture was taken January 5, 2013.

Though I'm not sure, I appears the first two shots were not take the same day as the latter two.  Notice how deep the snow is in the bottom two shots.  There is much less snow in the first two. 

1 comment:

  1. A very worthwhile endeavor, Ray. It's fascinating to compare the two photos.