I love seeing photographs from the past that show change. I like seeing the old clothes, the old cars, how people used to do things before newer technology came around. It’s interesting to note how we have changed, whether for better or for worse.
Recently, Jerry Simmons, an archives specialist at the National Archives and Records Administration, rediscovered more than 80,000 images taken by nearly 100 freelance photographers between 1972 and 1977 as part of a project called Documerica.
“In January 1972, the Environmental Protection Agency asked nearly 100 freelance photographers to roam the country in the pursuit of a single goal: documenting “the environmental happenings and non-happenings” of the decade.
They are amazing to look and marvel at, either because of the amount of pollution that use to be in the bigger cities, or the amount of beauty in the Great Plains and mountain areas.
It would be great if photographers went and captured the same exact pictures in order to really compare how we have changed the environment after 40 years. I know a lot of the big cities have cleaned up, but what about all those wildflower and forest pictures? Do they still exist or have they been developed into suburbs and farmland?
To read more about this topic go to the New York Times Green Blog or click the links above to go right to the pictures.