25 photos that compare past snapshots of buildings, locations, structures, and people with the present day scene. Below are some of our favorites picked out from the hundreds of photos in the Looking Into the Past Flickr group by Jason Powell.
Jason Powell established the group about a year ago after rediscovering the photographic archives of the Library of Congress. He said he was also inspired by Flickr user Michael Hughes’ photographs matching souvenirs to popular sites around the world.
Powell started off with a handful of shots in Leesburg, Virginia, lining up old photos with the present-day scene. He posted the photos on Flickr and got enough positive feedback to inspire him to start the group on Flickr, now 2,750 members strong.
The network engineer took up photography four years ago as a way of getting out of the house, but he says it’s his passion for history that’s been the driving force behind the hobby.
“I’m the nostalgic type that looks at an old photograph and says, ‘Man, I wish I would have been there,’ ” he said. “This is all about nostalgia and time travel.”