The idea of shooting old and new can be applied to various subject matter but one of the easiest ways to find subjects which can be used to interpret the theme is in the city. In most cities new buildings are going up around older structures all of the time so it won't take you long to find a vantage point that gives you the chance to capture something new and something old in one frame.
Photo by David Clapp - www.davidclapp.co.uk
What Gear Do I Need For This Technique?
1. Any camera, be it a DSLR or compact camera, can be used for this technique
2. A tripod is not essential but handy when photographing buildings. If you do take one, make it light as it'll soon get heavy after carrying it around for a few hours. You may want to consider using a monopod instead of a tripod if you're concerned about weight.
3. When it comes to carrying your gear, a sling-style bag, such as the Manfrotto Advanced Active Sling (2)
, will make it easier to access gear on-the-go but don't head out and buy a sling-style bag especially as an everyday backpack, such as the Advanced Active Backpack (2)
, will be fine for carrying your camera and a couple of lenses.
Where To Start?
Out in your town/city it's probably easier to look at buildings as a whole first, searching for old structures that stand next to or across from new structures made of metal and glass. How about looking for new shops in old buildings such as the stalls in Camden's stable market? Or looking for building sites where new buildings are getting created in front of structures that have stood for a long time?
After photographing whole buildings look a little closer for reflections of old brick-work in glass or new signs sat next to or even on older structures. You could try having a look through archives or even your relatives' photo albums to see if you can find shots of buildings you can go and re-create now and sit them alongside each other to show how much/little it's changed.
Keep It Simple
Try to eliminate as much of what's surrounding your old and new items as possible. This means cropping in with your lens or using your editing software to remove some of the distracting objects once you're back at your computer.
What Else Is There To Photograph?
1. People - Look for young and old people, a grandparent sat with their grandchildren for example.
2. Vehicles – Look for an older car sat in a line of more modern models or how about shooting a scrap yard with the piles of old, rusted cars and the employee's newer cars out the front? Don't enter the scrap yard though, just shoot from the road.
3. Technology - Try shooting someone sat talking on a smart phone with an old fashioned telephone in the background. If you have an old games console in your loft, get it out and try a few still life shots of it next to a Playstation, Xbox or a Wii.
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