. . . Then & Now

Most flea markets are full of old postcards depicting given locations from a different age, everyone loves them, and so I bought some and have spent time researching them and setting my camera up in exactly the same spot as the original photographer and taken a modern version of it, and then combined the two in a slider.

This is no mean feat in Berlin, as much of the city was destroyed in WWII and much of what appears old, is in fact a faithful modern reconstruction, one that has usually been rebuild, but at a slightly different location.

Getting many of them to look just right has at times exhausted both my camera and PhotoShop post production skills, but it’s been a very rewarding exercise.

  • Berlin CathedralBerlin Cathedral
    The Postcard from c. 1910 shows what appears to be a colourised photograph of the areas as it was at the turn of the last century, before it was almost ...
  • St. Hedwig’s CathedralSt. Hedwig's Cathedral
    St. Hedwig’s Cathedral is a Catholic church situated at the historical Bebelplatz just off the Unter-den-Linden boulevard in central Berlin. First erected between 1747 to 1887 by Frederick the Great, it ...
  • Friedrich Ludwig Jahn in the HasenheideFriedrich Ludwig Jahn in the Hasenheide
    This statue in the Hasenheide park commemorates the father of German gymnastics Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, who opened Germany’s first gymnasium here at the Hasenheide in 1811. The statue originally stood c.100 ...
  • Brandenburg Gate, 1951Brandenburg Gate, 1951
    The black and white image shows the Brandenburg Gate as it appeared in 1951, still showing damage from WWII and instead of the usual Quadriga, a chariot drawn by four ...
  • Charlottenburg PalaceCharlottenburg Palace
    Initially known as the Lietzenburg Palace, it was originally built as the summer residence of Sophie Charlotte, the younger sister of George Louis of Hanover, the future George I of ...


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