Steven Sampang (@esteeveeen) continues to show us his unique perspective of his home city of Chicago, this time through his Instagram series, #thennagain.
Steven has become known for documenting locations and landscapes as they change throughout the seasons. He’ll often photograph a place in the summertime, only to return 6 months later and see it covered in snow. The differences in the images when compared side by side are stark, and they give insight into how the city changes based on the time of year.
If you missed Part I of this series, check it out here.
What inspired you to create the #thennagain series?
I was inspired to start the series when I was out exploring the city during a snow storm. I realized that I was standing in the exact same spot where I had snapped a photo just several months earlier, over the summer. I knew I wanted to try the shot again and then find a way to show how a place could look so different – and how seasons had changed so drastically – in such a short amount time. When I got home, I started playing around with the two images, looking at them side by side. All of a sudden, just like that, #thennagain was born.
What do you find most striking about the contrasting images?
The details, specifically the drastic differences in color that are caused by the change in season or even the time of day. I love comparing the vibrant summer to the flat white-outs of winter.
Do you have a favorite place for photography in Chicago, regardless of season?
I find myself in Millennium Park a lot. It’s a great people watching spot and I love to wander around alone – I can see things at my own pace and linger somewhere longer if I want. My favorite photos are often ones that I have taken after I’ve sat in one spot for hours.
Do you photograph places at different moments in time in addition to at different times of the year?
My focus is really on looking at places through the seasons, though there have been times when I’ve unconsciously found myself at a particular spot only days apart and documented the experience to see if there were any changes. In fact, one of my earliest photos in the series is one that compares Cloud Gate in Millennium Park just a day or two apart. Side by side, the two images look completely different.
Have you documented other cities or countries as part of the #thennagain series?
I have; I used it when I visited New York earlier this year. I first traveled there in the summer, then returned in the middle of February. Part of my purpose when I roamed around the city that second time was to revisit some of my favorite spots with the #thennagain tag in mind. It’s like an exciting scavenger hunt for photos of places you’d love to revisit; a scavenger hunt that’s fun anywhere, even if it’s not on your home turf.