The subject of this post comes from a juxtaposition of two ideas that I came across recently. The first is this Lenscratch article by Alina Smithson and in particular the opening sentence of this quote:
Alongside this, I read a fellow student’s blog. Warren Jones is doing Level 2 Landscape, and this exercise used old postcards of his childhood village to remind him of his childhood activities. At various points in my photography journey, I have tried taking up to date photographs of places which were photographed in the past, to compare them, and it is something I may come back to later in the course. An example is shown below:
The Pitchens, 1930 and 2016
Without the old images, it would not be possible to see how places transform over time, and it is important to make records for future generations. However, although an enjoyable and interesting activity from the local history point of view, these only say something about the changing landscape. We need people in them to show how places and fashions have altered and to tell their stories. There’s an excellent short OU Openlearn MOOC about old photos and what we can learn from them here, called Picturing the Family, which has plenty of useful information on what we can learn from the physical image itself (possibly a subject for another post) and from the subjects’ clothing and pose. Thanks to fellow student Lynda Kuit for bringing it to my attention.
Smithson, Aline.(2016) The Future Perfect at the ICP and Photoville In Lenscratch. At https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/10488564/posts/1151222846 Accessed on 19 .09.2016)