One thing I have learned to love about photography is going back to a spot and taking the same photo. Seeing how much has changed in the months or even years of absence.
I received a comment from Bob on a recent post, telling me of his desire to document the city that he lives in because cities are always changing. An example he used was NYC and his visit in 2008, and the huge changes that city has seen over recent decades.
It took me back to my first NYC visit in 2008 also. At the time Ground Zero was still surrounded in mesh, I managed to find a couple of gaps in the fencing and saw how the renovation was progressing.
The skyline was absent of the two World Trade Center towers, but still beautiful.
Skip to 2011, ready to fly home after a year working in Texas. I see One World Trade Center rising above the surrounding buildings.
And how it looks today (photo credit at bottom of post).
I haven’t looked through my NYC photos in ages. I noticed just how bad the quality of the photos are by today’s standards (even then my camera wasn’t the best, using a basic phone camera most of the time) and how much photography has improved since then.
And now anyone can create great before/after photo albums of their favourite places, with cameras picking up so much detail. Below is a small example of this, taking a shot of the London Eye from the same underpass in Summer and Winter.
You would be forgiven for thinking the winter shot is first with the grey skies, however the trees give the season away. The first shot was taken last month, during lockdown with the streets empty.
The next shot was in Winter, coats are worn and trees are bare. It was pre-lockdown, so people are enjoying the freedom they didn’t know would be taken away in just a few weeks. A city sightseeing bus circles the city, I haven’t seen these in months.
It isn’t often we look back in history for an easier time. But this year is certainly an exception.
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