Then and now: Peterborough in pictures

Much is made of the growth and change that has affected British towns and cities over the decades, but a new collection of before and after photos really show how Peterborough has evolved.

Local paramedic and amateur photographer Chris Porsz, 63, has gone about recreating a number of pictures he originally took in the 1970’s and 80’s of Peterborough and its residents.

Using a number of local residents in situations ranging from ‘goodbyes’ at train stations to ice cream vans on side streets, Chris has retaken over 100 pictures in their original style, tracking down and using the original models in a modern, in-colour Peterborough.

The 134 pictures are to be released in a new book, Reunions, released 4 November. Each picture tells a story of its own, ranging from young couples who went on to start families, to those who have since passed on.

“I don’t think anyone else has tracked down so many strangers and recreated photos in this way before”, Chris said of the book.

“I still love wandering the streets, chatting to complete strangers, listening to their potted life stories and recording everyday life in the changing face of our city.”

More of Chris’s work can be seen on his website.

by Tom McBeth (November 2016)

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