Repeat photography

Sometimes abbreviated RP, repeat photography is the art and science of precisely retaking historical photographs in order to document, analyze and understand change. We prioritize well-captured and reliably relocated scenes, offering opportunities to examine successional change in vegetational communities, and in some cases landform evolution.

Abandoned gold-rush town of Dyea, near Skagway. 2005 retake of 1899 photo, by Kathy Hocker and Karl Gurcke.

‘Construction’ note:

In the original 2014 version of this RP page we embedded an interactive map, hosted by ESRI’s ArcGISonline showing locations of historic photos—both ground-based (red triangles) and aerial obliques (black arrows)—Symbols pointed in direction each photo was taken. Clicking on an arrow opened a pop-up with info about the photo and a thumbnail. Clicking on that thumbnail opened a medium-resolution view.

Initially developed and supported by the Southeast Alaska GIS Library, that map portal was ‘unplugged’ in 2019. One of my goals for JuneauNature is a much expanded assortment of ‘arc-online’ windows, using ESRI’s extraordinary tools for cartography and storytelling. Sorry, for this lapse, and here’s hoping it’s only a brief one, soon to be remedied with even cooler displays.

In this section

Meadow fire at Eagle Beach

Burn succession, Asx‘ée, twisted tree On May 9th, 2020, some camper-kids with lighters ignited a pretty dramatic grassfire at Crow…

2020 | Richard Carstensen | 14-page journal, 6-minute slideshow

Seasonal re-photography

Repeat photography for study of seasonal change Until 1988 I abstained from cameras, content with pencil sketching and pen-&-ink illustration.…

2020 | Richard Carstensen | 3.5 minute video & 63-page pdf

2005 Spring newsletter: Then and now

Repeat photography as a naturalist’s tool Kathy Hocker wrote this Discoveries feature midway through our 2004-to-06 Repeat Photography. On completion,…

Spring 2005 | Kathy Hocker | 7 pages

Sydney Laurence in Juneau

Part of a 2012 slide show for Juneau-Douglas City Museum on Alaskan landscape painter Sydney Laurence. I co-presented with Mike…

2012 | Richard Carstensen | 17 minutes

Historical aerials of Southeast communities

In 2011, Cathy Pohl and I received a drive with 22,000 scanned air photos taken by the Navy in 1948.…

2011 | Richard Carstensen | 35 minutes

1867-2017: 150 years of change

Background paper for 3 banners commissioned by the Juneau Douglas City Museum, showing changes to iconic landscapes of Áak’w Aaní…

2017 | Richard Carstensen | 41 Pages

Asx’ée (Eagle Beach) maps & historical series

I created an early version of this compilation while still living at the Scout camp at Asx’ée, twisted tree (Eagle River),…

2020 | Richard Carstensen | 38 pages

Documenting change through repeat photography in Southeast Alaska

Carefully framed retakes of historical photographs documenting vegetation and landform change in response to natural or human disturbance. . Due…

2005/2013 | Richard Carstensen, Kathy Hocker | 39 pages