Photographer Mark Hersch Creates A Time Collision Of Photos Taken 50 Years Apart

Published 5 months ago

Mark Hersch is a self-taught photographer who loves to take pictures of everything and anything. He received his first camera as a gift from his parents at age 10 which is when he discovered his love of capturing moments, nature, people, animals, objects and everything in between. 

50 years later he travelled back to his hometown and started photographing the same things without realising he was engaging in rephotography – pictures taken of the same place from the same vantage point at two different moments in time. But when he realised that he had a unique comparison collection he applied to art shows and got accepted to everything to his surprise. He’s currently enjoying his second career and sharing his amazing shots with the world one photograph at a time. 

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#1 Chicago, Mercury Train Leaving Chicago 1936 / 2020

#2 London Bridge 1900 / 2022

Julian HealAnd the second photo is a combination of two views looking south and north.

#3 Boston, Trinity Church 1900 / 2018

#4 Chicago, George Streeter And The Reutan 1902 / 2022

#5 San Francisco, Van Ness Avenue 1906 / 2018

#6 Boston, Quincy Market 1900 / 2018

#7 Chicago, Graham & Morton Line Docks 1905 / 2019

#8 Los Angeles Street North From First Street 1910 / 2021

Angi: I like the fact that we are planting trees in cities now.

#9 Chicago, Arriving From The Suburbs 1907 / 2019

#10 Chicago, Dearborn Street Bridge 1918 / 2022

#11 Fire! Chicago Fire Of 1871 / 2021

#12 Havana Cuba, The Prado Looking North 1901 / 2019

#13 New York, Brooklyn Bridge 1899 / 2022

Kar Red RosesThe guy in the bowler hat looking back us from at the photo is creeping me out.

#14 Boston Pictorial Map 1850 / 2021

#15 New York, Plaza Hotel 1900 / 2018

#16 New York, A Bird’s Eye View Of New York 1851 / 2020

Fantastic Mr FoxIn 1850 the New York City population was around 515 thousands. In 2020 it was 8,4 million. In 1850 the whole US population was 23 million. In 2020 it was 331 million. Isn’t that mind blowing?

#17 Houston 1873 / 2022

#18 London, Houses Of Parliament 1890 / 2022

#19 Chicago, Boat House Lincoln Park 1905 / 2018

#20 Chicago, Shore Drive Lincoln Park 1905 / 2016

#21 New Orleans, Canal Street 1907 / 2019

#22 Fire! San Francisco Earthquake And Fire Of 1906 / 2022

#23 Chicago, Wrigley Field 1939 / 2019

#24 Baltimore, Pictorial Map 1880 / 2021

#25 George Washington’s Tomb At Mount Vernon 1878 / 2018

Kar Red RosesI own a couple century-old postcards of this tomb.. One of them somebody put glitter on! Fun(?)fact- The government wanted to iinter George Washington in the District of Columbia, underneath the Capitol and there is in the basement an empty tomb there that was made for him, just left there.

Shanilou Perera

Shanilou has always loved reading and learning about the world we live in. While she enjoys fictional books and stories just as much, since childhood she was especially fascinated by encyclopaedias and strangely enough, self-help books. As a kid, she spent most of her time consuming as much knowledge as she could get her hands on and could always be found at the library. Now, she still enjoys finding out about all the amazing things that surround us in our day-to-day lives and is blessed to be able to write about them to share with the whole world as a profession.

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