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Footsteps

By c_evans99  
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

Tags: Photo journalism Swansea Historical Black and white Edwardian Saint helens road

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helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
9 May 2008 12:16AM
Quite a change
Good reportage shot
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9 May 2008 6:55AM
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
9 May 2008 8:51AM
Great befor and after shot, well done.

Dougie.
c_evans99 13 7.0k 1 Wales
9 May 2008 10:38AM

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
9 May 2008 12:10PM
Aaah, so all is revealed Smile
c_evans99 13 7.0k 1 Wales
9 May 2008 1:21PM
Quite literally
starliz 12 1.6k 3 England
13 Jun 2008 7:45PM
good to see the differences together shame it couldn't`t be done with all of your shots.

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