Then and Now Take Two – River Liffey

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.  The first of the posts in this series was of a council building in Manchester.

I always thought I should give then and now photographs 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.

Last week I flew out to Dublin and was reminded of various previous trips to the city.

I had been to Dublin four times before. I was there in August 1998 when I was on a day trip, we were camping in Pembrokeshire and caught the ferry to Rosslare and then the train to Dublin. I do remember going on an open top bus, and then visiting the Guinness museum. I took some photographs, using a film camera.

When I went to Edtech 2020 in Athlone, caught a flight to Dublin. Before catching the train to Athlone I did explore some of Dublin. Didn’t have a huge amount of time back then, but I took some photographs and it was these I decided to intentionally take again.

I went to MoodleMoot 2012, which was in Dublin, however I never go further than the conference hotel which was next to the airport.

My last visit to Dublin was in 2016, where I was keynoting at LiLAC 2016. I saw many different parts of Dublin on that visit. Mainly as I was out at University College Dublin and staying at the St. Helen’s Hotel which was quite far south of Dublin. We did have a nice conference dinner at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. However I did not make it into the city centre on that visit.

I had some time on the day I was leaving Dublin to explore the city, and I attempted to find the locations where I had take a photograph previously. The easy one was the General Post Office (GPO) on O’Connell Street, which had been at the heart of the 1916 Easter Rising.

I had taken this photograph of the River Liffey in May 2020 using a Sony DSC-W35.

This is a similar view in September 2022 using an iPhone 13.

I had taken another photograph from the same bridge in May 2020 using a Sony DSC-W35.

This is the not quite the same view or angle, but close enough, in September 2022 using an iPhone 13.

 

Then and Now Take Two – GPO in Dublin

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.  The first of the posts in this series was of a council building in Manchester.

I always thought I should give then and now photographs 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.

Last week I flew out to Dublin and was reminded of various previous trips to the city.

I had been to Dublin four times before. I was there in August 1998 when I was on a day trip, we were camping in Pembrokeshire and caught the ferry to Rosslare and then the train to Dublin. I do remember going on an open top bus, and then visiting the Guinness museum. I took some photographs, using a film camera.

When I went to Edtech 2020 in Athlone, caught a flight to Dublin. Before catching the train to Athlone I did explore some of Dublin. Didn’t have a huge amount of time back then, but I took some photographs and it was these I decided to intentionally take again.

I went to MoodleMoot 2012, which was in Dublin, however I never go further than the conference hotel which was next to the airport.

My last visit to Dublin was in 2016, where I was keynoting at LiLAC 2016. I saw many different parts of Dublin on that visit. Mainly as I was out at University College Dublin and staying at the St. Helen’s Hotel which was quite far south of Dublin. We did have a nice conference dinner at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. However I did not make it into the city centre on that visit.

I had some time on the day I was leaving Dublin to explore the city, and I attempted to find the locations where I had take a photograph previously. The easy one was the General Post Office (GPO) on O’Connell Street, which had been at the heart of the 1916 Easter Rising.

I had taken this photograph of the GPO in May 2020 using a Sony DSC-W35.

GPO in Dublin in 2010

This is the same view in September 2022 using an iPhone 13.

GPO in Dublin in 2022

The main differences are the new traffic lights and the tram lines. The tram arrived in Dublin in June 2004.

Then and Now Take Two – The Gatehouse

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.  The first of the posts in this series was of a council building in Manchester.

I always thought I should give then and now photographs 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.

I was in Manchester at a conference and was walking back to my hotel. I turned a corner and I was reminded of a photograph I had taken at that conference in 2005.

I had attended a conference in Manchester in 2005 and had taken a couple of photographs including this one of the University gatehouse.

When the conference returned to Manchester in 2009, it was at a different location and I forgot about this view. I also couldn’t remember where it actually was on later visits to Manchester.

So it was quite an interesting surprise when I walked around the corner and there was this view of Manchester that I knew from 2005.

The gatehouse looked a little worse for wear, and the trees had grown, but apart from that little has changed in seventeen years.

Then and Now Take Two – Morton Laboratory Manchester

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.  The first of the posts in this series was of a council building in Manchester.

I always thought I should give then and now photographs 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.

I was staying up in Manchester again. This time I was staying at the Macdonald Manchester Hotel. I had stayed at the hotel before in September 2015. Back then I had taken this photograph of the Morton Laboratory from my hotel room window.

So staying at the hotel again in September 2022 I took a similar photograph.

Not quite the same angle, as I was in a different hotel room and (probably) on a different floor.  The newer photograph was taken with an iPhone 13 which is better in low light conditions.

Then and Now Take Two – MSS Tower Manchester

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.  The first of the posts in this series was of a council building in Manchester.

I always thought I should give then and now photographs 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 in May 2019 when I went to Manchester.  I had recently been using Amazon Photos as an online backup service for my photographs. One of the nice features is that in the app it shows you photos from the same date in previous years So I was amused to find that two years ago to the day, not only had I being in Manchester, but I had also taken some photographs including this one the same council building I had taken.

I was staying up in Manchester again. This time I was staying at the Macdonald Manchester Hotel. I had stayed at the hotel before in September 2015. Back then I had taken this photograph of the MSS Tower from my hotel room window.

So staying at the hotel again in September 2022 I took a similar photograph.

Not quite the same angle, as I was in a different hotel room and (probably) on a different floor.  Not too much had changed, the trees have grown though. Also the newer photograph was taken with an iPhone 13 which is better in low light conditions.

Then and Now Take Two – Philadelphia Street

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.  The first of the posts in this series was of a council building in Manchester.

I always thought I should give then and now photographs 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.

Now this has come to my attention I have started to intentionally take photographs of the same place.

Philadelphia Street was part of the Cabot Circus and Quaker’s Friar development.

This photo of the construction of the development was taken in July 2008.

This is Philadelphia Street in July 2022.

This overhead view I took in July 2005 shows the old car park.

Then and Now Take Two – Trinity Lane, Cambridge

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.  The first of the posts in this series was of a council building in Manchester.

I always thought I should give then and now photographs 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.

Now this has come to my attention I have started to intentionally take photographs of the same place.

I grew up in Cambridge, but moved away when I went to university in York. I remember rarely visiting the University of Cambridge as a youngster, why would I? However I did do some specialist maths classes at Trinity College, so would walk down Trinity Lane.

So on a recent visit to Cambridge I knew I had to take a photograph I knew I had taken before. So, this is a photograph of Trinity Lane taken in July 2022 with an iPhone 13.

This was taken in the middle of the day in bright sunshine.

It was back in March 2009 when I was at a JISC RSC Eastern event in Cambridge I did take the time the day before to walk around the town and took this photograph of Trinity Lane.

It was taken in the early evening with a Sony DSC-W53 camera, which to be honest struggled with the low light conditions.

I stayed over in Cambridge back in January 2020 and as on previous visits I had a walk around the city before heading to my hotel. I took this photograph of Trinity Lane. I hadn’t recalled I had take a similar photograph already, and it was only when reviewing some photographs that I recalled that I had taken two very similar photographs of Trinity Lane.

I took this with an iPhone 8 in late afternoon I did edit and enhance the image with Snapseed, but the iPhone was able to deal with the low light  conditions so much better.

Then and Now Take Two – Queen Mary University of London

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.  The first of the posts in this series was of a council building in Manchester.

I always thought I should give then and now photographs 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.

Now this has come to my attention I have started to intentionally take photographs of the same place.

Back in August 2019 I was attending a round table discussion at QMUL as part of my job. I took this photograph of the entrance to the Queen’s Building.

Queens’ Building, QMUL

I did upload this photograph to Google Maps. It is my most viewed photograph I have submitted with Google Maps with nearly three million views.

So when I was back at QMUL in May 2022 I decided to (try and) take the same photograph.

As you can see very little has changed.

Then and Now Take Two – Manchester

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.  The first of the posts in this series was of a council building in Manchester.

I always thought I should give then and now photographs 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 in May 2019 when I went to Manchester.  I had recently been using Amazon Photos as an online backup service for my photographs. One of the nice features is that in the app it shows you photos from the same date in previous years So I was amused to find that two years ago to the day, not only had I being in Manchester, but I had also taken some photographs including this one the same council building I had taken.

So having come back to Manchester in March 2022, the first time since that time in May 2019,  it was a bit of a no brainer to take the same photograph again.

Here is the photograph from May 2019. I was staying in a hotel close to MediaCity, so caught the Metrolinktram into the centre of the city. I arrived in St Peter’s Square and decided to take a few photographs, including this one of a council building.

This was the photograph I had taken in May 2017.

Then and Now Take Two – Snowing in Weston Village

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 published back in February some photos of Weston Village in the snow, so when I was there recently I decided to (intentionally) take a similar photograph and add it to the photographs I had taken there before. This time no snow, just some spring sunshine from April 2020.

Weston Village

However the following photographs were intentionally taken from the same location. I have over the years (when we had snow) taken a particular photograph so here is the 2018 version.

This with the wind and the cold was actually some of the worst weather I have seen down here, but as you can see it doesn’t look too bad…

This was how it looked in December 2010. Back then we had very heavy snow.

This was how it looked in eleven months earlier in January 2010,  again heavy snow.

And here it is in February 2009. At this time this was some of the worst weather we had seen in twenty years. This was taken from the other side of the fence.