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Steamboat Natchez in New Orleans, Louisiana | February 1978 & April 2014 #pastpresentproject -

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Jackson Square in New Orleans, Louisiana | February 1978 & April 2014 Same place, different artists. #pastpresentproject -

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Madison Street in New Orleans, Louisiana | February 1978 & April 2014 #pastpresentproject -

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Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana | February 1978 & April 2014 #pastpresentproject -

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West Feliciana Historical Society in St. Francisville, Louisiana | February 1978 & April 2014 #pastpresentproject -

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Mississippi River Banks in Natchez, Mississippi | September 1974 & April 2014 Excerpt from my grandmother’s travel journal on September 27th, 1974: "Delta Queen was on the river and supposed to leave at noon — we were just lucky to be there at the right time. She took the last passengers aboard, took her lines in, the gangplank, played the steaming calleiope, whirled her back wheel — and was thoroughly stuck in the sandbank! It took her a half hour before she had swayed herself a flatter bed and was able to pull back and then into the middle of the river." #pastpresentproject - A lot has changed along the Mississippi banks since 1974. While steamboats still dock in Natchez, the spot where the Delta Queen came to rest is now permanently occupied by the Isle of Capri Casino Boat. -

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Re-creating the past: Photographer retraces grandfather's path across America

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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

A Philadelphia-based photographer is following in his grandfather’s footsteps, traveling across America in search of the exact locations where his grandparents once stood.

Christian Carollo’s journey started in 2012 when he stumbled upon slides of his grandfather’s vintage photography. The photos were of the Oregon Coast, which is exactly where Carollo would be traveling a week later.

“I wondered, what if I could replicate my grandfather’s photograph 30 years later? I did just that and my new mission was born,” Carollo wrote in his blog Past Present Project.

With the help of his grandmother’s detailed travel journal, Carollo was able to track down the exact locations of many of his grandfather’s images.

His extremely personal journey has taken him across the country, including through the heart of Louisiana and Mississippi.

Mobile users can view photos from his journey here.

To follow Christian Carollo’s journey, click here.

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