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More trees in the tropics

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Repeat photography is the process of rephotographing the same scene that appears in an earlier photograph. As a methodology, repeat photography is a valuable tool for investigating and assessing landscape change. Beyond the disadvantages of scale, composition, areal coverage and temporal punctuation, the method is useful. Photographs are comprehensive views that offer a ‘contextualized’ landscape to examine. As well, the unexpected may be revealed through the process. My research in Honduras using this method led me to find a vegetation increase, rather than the decrease that was expected of a tropical area. A few example photographs illustrate the variety of manifestations this increase takes.

Keywords: Honduras; landscape; repeat photography

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography, University of Southern Mississippi, Box 5051, Hattiesburg, MS 39406, USA, Email:

Publication date: March 1, 2004


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