The Vancouver Archives is full of gems, giving us a look at what Vancouver was like centuries ago. But what if we wanted to know what an exact location today looked like 100 years ago? That’s what Vancouver’s Andrew Farris set out to achieve.
After getting the idea for a Then and Now photo series when he travelled to Nagasaki, Japan and realized the series made experiencing the history of the atomic bombing much more real, Farris wanted to capture more cities and show the change from then to now.
“I started making the website out of a love of history and to give myself something to do while backpacking around the world,” Farris told Vancity Buzz.
“The photos themselves are actually really easy to shoot,” Farris said, who shot all pictures for his five-part Vancouver series in the Fall and Winter of 2014. “Most of the time is spent on archival research and the web design.”
What’s next? “Now that I’ve done Vancouver and Victoria, I’m going to Europe to write and do photo essays. I’m putting together a huge Then and Now series for London right now.”
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Enjoying the sun on Kits Beach
Back when Kits Beach was known as Greer’s Beach
Kits Beach after being filled in to make it larger
People sunbathing on the Kitsilano Beach Reserve
Sailboats as seen from the Kitsilano Yacht Club at the foot of Balsam
Sunbathers at popular Kits Beach
Canadian troops storm Kits Beach
Practicing for D-Day
Bren Gun Carriers disembarking from a Landing Craft Mechanized at Kits Beach
Yaletown as seen from Charlton Park in Fairview
Yaletown from Charlton Park
You can see Stanley Park on the left over the hill
False Creek looking east from the Burrard Street Bridge