Oldies and Oddities:He Shot California
- By Vickey Kalambakal
- Air & Space magazine, November 2010
UCLA Department Of Geography, Benjamin And Gladys Thomas Air Photo Archives/The Spence Collection
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Spence photos have also been used to stop landowners from blocking access to roads running through their estates. Old pictures that show picnickers in Model Ts riding along dirt roads establish a pattern of public use and can aid in getting roads reopened.
Environmentalists value Spence’s pictures as well. His shots show rivers that have disappeared, beaches changing shape after breakwaters were built, and factories oozing oil or chemicals and creating toxic sites that were torn down or buried decades ago.
Folks still come in to find aerial shots of their grandparents’ house, or the bean field where their own home now stands—but today they pay $200.