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Two photographs of Swansea's Saint Helen's Road; one, a postcard, taken around 1900 and the other by me last week!

I tried to get as close to the original viewpoint as possible, but the road's been widened in the last century, and I'm taller than my Edwardian counterpart.

It's a strange thought, standing where someone stood a hundred years earlier, and doing exactly the same thing. Did he even dream this might happen, or have a presentiment, perhaps a feeling like someone 'walking over his grave'? I'll keep a look out for that feeling myself in future Smile

Camera:Pentax Optio MX Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:Pentax-M 50mm f1.4 / Heliopan Red-Orange (22) filter
Recording media:Ilford XP2
Title:Footsteps
Username:c_evans99 c_evans99
Uploaded:9 May 2008 - 12:10 AM
Tags:Black & white, Edwardian, Historical, Photo journalism, Saint helens road, Swansea
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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2008 - 12:16 AM

Quite a change
Good reportage shot
Helen

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user_absconded
9 May 2008 - 6:55 AM

What an interesting comparison, I do love the old lampposts in particular. It does look like that in a hundred years a large hill in the background seems to have grown! Smile

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Douglas_George
Douglas_George e2 Member 7Douglas_George vcard
9 May 2008 - 8:51 AM

Great befor and after shot, well done.

Dougie.

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c_evans99
c_evans99 e2 Member 117013 forum postsc_evans99 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2008 - 10:38 AM


Quote: What an interesting comparison, I do love the old lampposts in particular. It does look like that in a hundred years a large hill in the background seems to have grown!

When I first saw the pic I thought they were lampposts too, but they carried the power cables for Swansea's tram system.

The Edwardian photograph was taken on an orthochromatic plate, which was overly sensitive to UV light so distant objects just don't show up. Mine was taken on panchromatic film with a strong blue absorbing filter which almost entirely blocks UV light and hey presto there's Kilvey Hill Smile

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user_absconded
9 May 2008 - 12:10 PM

Aaah, so all is revealed Smile

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c_evans99
c_evans99 e2 Member 117013 forum postsc_evans99 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2008 - 1:21 PM

Quite literally

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starliz
starliz e2 Member 101594 forum postsstarliz vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2008 - 7:45 PM

good to see the differences together shame it couldn't`t be done with all of your shots.

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