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

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.

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