. . . 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.

  • Palace BridgePalace Bridge
    An arched bridge designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel was built of sandstone between 1821 and 1824, it marks the eastern end of Under den Linden, Berlin’s famous boulevard. The Berliner Dom ...
  • Old FritzOld Fritz
    The statue of King Friedrich II of Prussia, who, sitting astride his horse in the middle of Under den Linden, is ruler of all he surveys. History has been kind to ...
  • The GendarmenmarktThe Gendarmenmarkt
    The Gendarmenmarkt is probably the most beautiful square in Berlin, where the architectural ensemble of the Berlin concert hall,, the French and German churches can be found. First built in 1688 ...
  • The Bode MuseumThe Bode Museum
    The Bode Museum one of a group of museums on the Museum Island in Berlin was completed in 1904 and originally called the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum, it was later renamed by the ...
  • The Anhalter BridgeThe Anhalter Bridge
    These images, taken almost 120 years apart,  show not only the great changes this location has undergone, but also how the basic layout is  still very recognisable. The image from c.1900 ...


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