Then and Now

August 22, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Rephotography (or then and now) is something I love doing. One of the great joys of living with the Beattie's Studio Collection is that I can take an old photo from as way back as 1849, and if the location exists today, rephotograph it and compare the changes.

This particular example is Elizabeth Street at the intersection of Liverpool Street, in Hobart, Tasmania. John Watt Beattie had his camera there in 1916 and I went back there in 2016, for that hundred years later look. While I was setting up my camera, I kept thinking of the man on the bike in the 1916 version. How was I going to get one in my recreation? Just then, an obliging cyclist zoomed up Elizabeth Street and my jaw hit the floor and I forgot to press the shutter. Oh well, I'm sure I'll get it right in 2116...

The rephotograph shown here is by my good friend Dr Jim Palfreyman. My photograph was alright, but Jim's a real photographer and his version is so much more accurate than mine.

 

I've been looking for an easy (read: no programming HTML code!!!) way to show the slide over version. I found juxtapose today, hence this example hits the web. I suspect I'll do a few more...

 

Cheers,

John


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