Photographer Ben Rowland recently put together a website that showcases one thing: very big, very old images of New York.
“The Big Picture New York” features high-res images of NYC from various periods in the city’s history, most of them pretty unrecognizable from the urban landscape that we see today.
The site is purposefully not optimized for mobile and features only the following text: “Welcome. Please maximize your browser window and use the largest screen available. This site does not work on mobile devices. Follow our Facebook page for dates and descriptions. Now step inside a pictorial history of New York…”
Rowland says that he is currently working on expanding to other cities and VR-optimizing the photographs.
While the site offers no explanation of the images, the corresponding Facebook page provides more context.
Check out some interesting highlights below.