. . . 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.

  • Straße des 17 JuniStraße des 17 Juni
    Although these two images appear to show the same scene, albeit a century apart, they do in fact show two differing locations, as the Siegessäule shown way in the distance ...
  • The Brandenburg GateThe Brandenburg Gate
    A postcard from c.1920 shows the Brandenburg Gate on the right and a still intact Bundestag on the left complete with its original dome. The bronze Quadriga, the four horse-drawn chariot ...
  • Berlin CathedralBerlin Cathedral
    The postcard from c.1910 shows on the left part of the old Berlin Palace, the main residence of the royal house of Hohenzollern, which was famously detonated in 1950 with ...
  • BülowstraßeBülowstraße
    Named after the Prussian General Friedrich Wilhelm Freiherr von Bülow in remembrance of the Wars of Liberation fought against Napoleon in 1813 this station first opened in 1902 on what ...
  • The Altes MuseumThe Altes Museum
    Designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel in the neoclassical style and built between 1823 and 1830, this protected building is one of an ensemble of culturally significant historic buildings on the ...


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