Creating windows into Shropshire’s history

Wednesday 21st September 2011  by admin  5 comments

We created these unusual images in August and September 2011 by carefully selecting photographs taken many years ago in the Ironbridge Gorge, then holding them up at the same location and taking a fresh picture.

By carefully matching the old with the new – the new photograph has the unnerving effect of inserting historical scenes directly into modern life. The ‘windows into history’ project is being displayed during celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of Ironbridge Gorge becoming a World Heritage Site.

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust was so impressed with the 16 photographs taken by matm’s creative team, Neil Dicken and Jamie Doran, that it asked to use them to help in their anniversary celebrations.

Neil said: “The images create a real visual and mental double-take. The beauty of the approach is its simplicity, though the trick is to select the historical photograph that creates the most vivid match in the modern scene. “The photographs are up to 150 years old, so allow the viewer to visualise what some of the Ironbridge Gorge looked like – hopefully they have provided a glimpse into the past.”

Jamie said: “We took both internal and external images of buildings. It is fascinating to see just how much some buildings have changed and in other cases, just how little they have changed. I particularly like the images with people in them, especially where you can see people walking from the present day, seemingly into the past.

“We were inspired by a project called ‘Looking into the Past’ by American photographer Jason E Powell www.jasonepowell.com. When we saw his images we realised straight away that the heritage of the Ironbridge Gorge here in Shropshire lends itself perfectly to a similar project.”

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust lent photographs from its collection for the project. The images can be viewed in the Iron Bridge Tollhouse at the World Heritage Festival in Ironbridge which takes place on Saturday 24th September.

Paul Gossage Director of Marketing & PR said: “I was thrilled to see matm using our historic collection of images in such an innovative way. Publishing the images is a great way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the World Heritage Site. I am sure they will be much enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.”

Details of the Festival are available at www.ironbridge.org.uk.

 

Thanks also for the help of MarionBlockley Heritage Management

Would love to know what you think or share your links in the comments at the base of the full post …



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5 Responses so far

  1. Ade says:

    Hi guys, I live in shrewsbury and have created some “then and now” images but have blended images and not held the photos, if you are interested you can use them in a shropshire collection if you wish.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/crazyade/sets/72157627125028565/

    Cheers
    Ade

    • Jamie says:

      Ade, great pics. I especially like the one with the train station on the right – horse and carts as opposed to traffic jams! Jamie :-)

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  3. Stuart Bickerton says:

    Here’s a few links we’ve been sent over twitter and facebook – Interesting Links – thank you all

    via Dave Musgrove @historyextra (BBC History Magazine) > http://www.howtobearetronaut.com/

    via Alan O’Riordan > http://www.flickr.com/photos/benheine/sets/72157623723956821/

    via @updateUK > http://www.worldpressphoto.org/photo/2011amitshaalaes3-al?gallery=890

    via @DemolitionExe > http://demolition-exeter.blogspot.com/2011/08/exeter-montage-1942-and-2011.html

    and not forgetting our original inspiration via http://www.jasonepowell.com/

    and the popular http://dearphotograph.com/

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