Recently, while speaking at Hope View School, I showed the kids a series of images. They were all taken from the same spot, standing at the head of the pier, looking down Main Street in Huntington Beach. But the images were taken at different points in history, so as one shot dissolved into another, the kids could see the passage of time: one picture in 1915, then 1942, then 1960, 1985 and on to the present day.
The kids gasped as the images evolved, reacting to the simple drama of a makeshift exercise in time-lapse photography. Perhaps it was because they're familiar with the area, so the revelation of what it had been like before was simply a surprise. Or maybe they had a preference for the old look versus the new. Whatever inspired their reactions, it pleased me to see that I'm not the only one fascinated by "then and now" photography.