Then and Now and In Between…

My husband’s cousin shared this feature yesterday about a photographer who took pictures of strangers 40 years ago, only to hunt them down again and recreate the images.


According to

Paramedic Chris Porsz spent hours walking around the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (Great Britain) in the late 1970s and 80s, taking candid shots of punks and policemen, siblings and sweethearts, traders and teenagers. More than three decades later, Chris has reconstructed a handful of his favourite photos from his collection. He spent the last seven years tracking down the people in his pictures and persuading them to pose once again. His hard work paid off and he has now published his photos in a new book, “Reunions”.

The pictures show the passage of time is fun ways (i.e. questionable fashion trends) and heart-aching ways (the homeless man still on the street 40 years later). Yet, whether pleasant or melancholy, humorous or stoic, they are all captivatingly beautiful thanks to the stories they tell… and the ones they beg the audience to ask about. What of the four friends pictured 40 years ago and now there are only three? Are the twins still close – and, for that matter – are all the friends in town? If not, why not? If so, how did they maintain it?

Life, in its simplest form and measure of time, minute by minute and moment by moment, is compiled of feelings of joy and connection that can either persist or dissipate. My husband always talks about ‘making the good things great.’ This photo compilation is a sweet reminder that even the little moments – a smile or laugh with friends, an ice cream cone from the ice cream man, a trip to the beauty supply store – can all contribute to a great day and thus, a great life.




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