Rooftop artwork seen in downtown Burlington, VT.
I had a project planned some time ago, one that I have been thinking of picking back up while the weather and season are still in my favor. This might also tie in well with trying to get myself to use film more often.
The idea was to re-take photos of landmarks in the area (between Providence and Cape Cod) that were depicted in old postcards, a sort of “then and now” if you will. Some of the landmarks are/were historical ones, dating back to the 1700s, while others were roadside attractions (seen above) that businesses and towns used to draw in the Cape Cod bound travelers (and their money) as they were passing through on the old US Route 6, which was the only route to Cape Cod from all points West until the late 60s. There’s a good mix of history and attractions, and I have a decent amount of postcards or scans of postcards to get me started, I just dropped the ball at some point and never got going again.
Now, with new developements, strip malls, and bix-box stores showing up, some of the landmarks are disappearing. I am trying to motivate and restart the project again, but I think I need to work on the subject matter a bit, whether it be the historical (pre-1950’s) or the modern historical (roadside/landmarks) subjects. I’m not sure if there’s enough of the latter remaining, I guess I should start digging in and looking into it a bit more.
Prince Henry the navigator statue at Popes Park, New Bedford, Massachusetts.