Activity - recreating historic photos

Published: 20 December 2010
Geograph is very good for documenting change, in particular going out to recreate a particular view shown in an older photograph - to show what, if anything, has changed.

You can of course recreate any view, but below are tips for recreating several specific types of images.

Recreating a Geograph Photo

Find a Geograph photo you want to recreate, and submit a new version.

Try to stand in the same place as the original photographer, and if possible crop the photo as close as possible to the original image. You could also crop the new photo on your computer.

You can then submit the pair to Same view different time (& same view same day)External link themed topic in the forum. Keep it to two images per post - the old and new image.

This will automatically create a new page for the pair, and link it in the sidebar beside each photo.

Example pageExternal link

You could also create an article documenting the change, see
LinkExternal link

Recreating a Francis Frith Photo

The Francis Frith CollectionExternal link contains many interesting historic images, many from 100 years ago or more.

Again you can recreate a particular photograph and upload it to Geograph.

When you submit your new photo, include a web-link to the original photo from in your photo description.

SS6592 : St Mary's Church, Swansea (Recreated) by Nigel Davies
This is a recreation of the 1899 photo of St Mary's Church that can be found in the Frith collection here: LinkExternal link

It's obviously the same subject, and at first glance the church appears unchanged. However the upper windows have all been redesigned and the whole lower section of the building (with the green roof) is now different.
by Nigel Davies

In so doing we can display the images together, a prototype is visible hereExternal link (alas seems to be non functional right now)

We have a basic listing available hereExternal link of other examples, with time will make a better presentation of images so 'recreated'.

Recreating a Domesday Project Photo

The BBC Domesday Project was compiled between 1984 and 1986 and published in 1986. It was based on 4x3km areas known as 'D-blocks'. People were able to survey and submit photos and descriptions for each D-block.
It 2011, the BBC published it online as Domesday ReloadedExternal link. It also included some new photos contributed in 2011.
On Geograph, the "More Links" page for a grid square includes a link to the D-block on Domesday Reloaded.

For recreating Domesday photos on Geograph, you can link to the original on the Domesday Reloaded site. Also add the tag Domesday Reloaded to allow them to be searched.
Tag:Domesday reloaded (89 images)
TL4558 : St. Andrews Street, looking N. by Keith Edkins
SJ9399 : Ashton Market by Gerald England
NH6545 : Muirtown Locks by Alasdair MacNeill

Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved]   Text © Copyright December 2010, Barry Hunter; licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Licence.
With contributions by Oast House Archive, Penny Mayes and Craig Wallace. (details)
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