J over at Art In Ruins has a great Then and Now slideshow up on his site.
Some time in 2008 I stumbled across a website for Jay Boersma. Apparently, he was a RISD graduate student who used Sunday mornings in Providence as his time to explore and work on his graduate portfolio. Originally from the Midwest, Jay was fascinated by Providence’s mix of older architecture than he was used to seeing, with more modern interpretations as the City tried to reinvent itself. The facts that New England still clung to its Puritan roots, banning shops to be open on Sundays, coupled with the long-standing overnight parking ban made Providence his “abandoned set on a movie studio back lot”.
The slideshow J has created show Boersma’s ‘then’ shots from the 70’s and J’s ‘now’ shots of the same location.
Marcfoto has a similar collection on Flickr, where he takes historic photos of southern New England cities, and tries to recreate them in the here and now. Check out Marc’s photos on Flickr here.