Then and Now – Kings Cross Railway Station

This is a regular series of blogs about photographs of the same place taken years apart.

I quite like those Then and Now comparison photographs that you see in books or on the Twitter or Facebook.

I always think I should give them a go. However what I have started to notice is that I have been doing Then and Now photographs unintentionally over the years and have been taking photographs of the same thing or place from the same view or perspective years apart.  The first instance of this that came to my attention was last year in May when I went to Manchester.

It only really came to my attention that I was doing this a lot, when checking the Places function on the Apple Photos Mac App that I could see I had taken the same photograph of the same thing just years apart!

I took this view in July 2016 of Kings Cross Railway Station in London having noticed that they removed the front ticket office and as a result you could see the Victorian brick structure of the station behind it.

And this was (almost) the same view in January 2018.

Dr Johnson’s House

I was reminded today of this photograph I took of Dr Johnson’s House in London last summer.

Dr Johnson's House

Dr Johnson’s House is a writer’s house museum in London in the former home of the 18th-century English writer and lexicographer Samuel Johnson. The house is a Grade I listed building.

It’s very close to our London offices and I sometimes see it when I would go out for a lunchtime walk.

I photographed it again in March of this year as part of my #366photos project this year.

It certainly wasn’t as sunny then as it was back in August.

Back in 2011, Dr Johnson’s House was used as a printer’s workshop.

It’s a lovely piece of London and nestled amongst all the modern office blocks are lovely houses and buildings like this.

Television Centre #366photos2020

My over riding memory of BBC Television Centre was seeing it now and again on Blue Peter when they ventured outside the studio. I never went there when I was a kid so even these days when I am in the locality I still find it exciting, even though I know the BBC left years ago for Salford.

Marylebone #366photos2020

Marylebone was for me for many years a place on the Monopoly Board, take a trip to Marylebone Station, if you pass Go, collect £200. It was only after having to travel to London a lot for work that I realised that Marylebone was more than the station and was an actual place in London.