I was 21 when I purchased my first home. My good fortune was the byproduct of the dot com era and it afforded me the ability to put a down payment on a home in Boulder Creek California. This past month the San Lorenzo Valley experienced a hundred year event: a wildfire that tore through neighborhoods and erased much of the landscape.
I tried to sell my home twice, right before the great real estate crash, and again in 2014 when the market was fairer. In 2007 I used a Nikon D40 DSLR camera to photograph my house for the real estate listing and I happened to have some old high quality RAW photos of the house.
I read that Steve Kuehl (SLV Steve) was taking pictures of the devastation in Boulder Creek — the only on-ground photos I could find. I contacted him and asked him if he could revisit my old neighborhood and stage a photo based on my original image. What you see below is a before and after featuring Steve’s photo and my photo.