Friday, January 17, 2014

London Then & Now

A cinematographer named Claude Friese-Greene travelled across the UK back in the 1920's with his new colour film camera. His trip ended in London, with some of his most stunning images, which were recently restored.

Filmmaker Simon Smith recreated every one of these shots by walking in Friese-Greene's footsteps around London, and cobbled them together in this split-screen video to show how much (or rather, how little) London has changed during the past 86 years. What caught my eye more than anything was the dramatic differences in clothing (video includes background music, for those of you at work):

London in 1927 & 2013 from Simon Smith on Vimeo.


(Video link nicked from Gerard at The Presurfer.)

1 comment:

  1. Fran K8:13 AM

    That was brilliant. I have wandered in his footsteps so many times and this fantastic video gives my memories a whole new perspective. And reinforces the rule that the more things change, the more they stay the same. I love history!

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