Sorry about the silence on the blogging front. A lot has been going on and I’ll have some updates about the film soon.
One of the things I’ve struggled with in my research about Franklin Park is how to convey the way I feel about the place. Sure, the Park is currently a wild place, full of rubbles and ruins and new additions like White Stadium and the buildings inside the Zoo. But what I feel when I walk through the Park is a connection to the past, a sort of weird opportunity to look across time and see what once was.
Recently I started a small project based on my previous attempts to overlay old postcard views of the Park with a contemporary photo from the same spot. This was fun, but never really satisfied me because I always enjoyed the larger context, the feeling of the whole space beyond the frame of the old postcard or photograph. So I started taking panoramic pictures with my phone, and then overlaying the old postcard into the scene. I love the effect of the “old” inserted into the “new” and it more closely reflects how I feel when I’m in the Park.
I started this project in winter of 2015, just before the epic snowstorms that would make this winter the snowiest in Boston history. Most of the postcards I was using as source material are circa 1915, so the views are about 100 years apart! The winter snow and the absence of leaves from the trees gave me the views and the stark contrast in time and space that made the panoramas really interesting.
I hope you enjoy them!