16 Apr, 2024

Photo Recreation Project

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Over the last couple of months the Digital Creativity Interns have worked a the Photo Recreation Project.

In this project, the interns looked through pictures from the Plano from the Genealogy Center‘s digital photo archive, and sought to recreate photos either literally or “in spirit”. The idea is to explore past photography and show how Plano has changed over time. The project was conceived by Haggard librarian Sarah Opella. The old photos are all property of the Genealogy Center, Plano Public Library System, Plano, Texas.

Intern: Manya Bondada

URL — https://glhtadigital.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15915coll14/id/79/rec/94

The recreation of this picture represents how Plano’s natural land has changed. It’s almost impossible to find flat land that hasn’t been developed to some extent; even in my picture, there is a parking lot in the background.


URL — https://glhtadigital.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15915coll14/id/98/rec/88

I chose this picture because I found it interesting how much personal transportation has changed in just 100 years.


URL — https://glhtadigital.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15915coll9/id/56/rec/55

I chose this picture because I wanted to emphasize how diverse Plano has become through clothing. I asked two of my friends, one who is Nigerian and the other who is Korean, to wear cultural clothing and recreate this picture.


Intern: Hemal Pathak

URL: https://glhtadigital.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/ux/id/89

The first picture captures the Carlisle Grocery in Plano 1910. The second picture photographs a neighborhood Walmart on a weekday in 2020. The pictures, being almost a century apart, represent the growth of the city of Plano and differences in lifestyle as technology, architecture, and other resources advanced over time.


URL: https://glhtadigital.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15915coll8/id/463

The first picture displays Plano East Senior High School still under construction around the 1980s, and the second picture is the current state of the school. As a PISD student, it was interesting to see how the high school looked before it was completely built. The before and after pictures represent generational changes in Plano. One image represents the perspective of a student as PISD expands to adapt to the growth of the city and the other image shows the perspective of a student with the long-standing high school.


URL: https://glhtadigital.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/history/id/97/rec/14

The first picture illustrates downtown Plano in 1958, and the second picture is downtown Plano in 2020. The architecture of the buildings between the two time periods is relatively similar, but the types of stores represents the difference in lifestyle. The first image shows a laundry center and storage rooms whereas the second image illustrates contemporary stores, like a cafe. The different cars in the images shows how new technology has advanced transportation and that this development impacts our lifestyle.


Intern: Elliot Olson

URL: https://glhtadigital.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/ux/id/118/rec/37

Elliot used her image manipulation skills to do a clever interpretation of the Dressy Hats image from the archive.


URL: https://glhtadigital.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/ux/id/215/rec/48

This is a straight forward comparison of the First Baptist Church from 1887 to 2020.

URL: https://glhtadigital.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/ux/id/149/rec/107

Elliot’s last pair of images compares the paving of 15th Street in Downtown Plano in 1924 to a similar vantage point in 2020.

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