Monday, February 28, 2011

Youth's Not Over : In Oxford


The promised recreation of the 1971 photograph didn't take place against the backdrop of Halifax. Nor could I find a convenient stone wall. But use your imagination : convert a garden tool-shed into a wall, where you see fences and shrubs think of mill chimneys and cooling towers. The two girls are the same. And I for one would say : youth's not over.

And following the suggestion of the Silver Fox - a fine fellow I would happily follow most places - here is the original for comparison.



22 comments:

  1. I loved comparing that to the original! At the risk of sounding intrusive, I do have a suggestion, and that would be to include the older photo in this post for easier comparison? In hopes that I'm not crossing any lines here, I remain your humble servant!

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  2. Silver Fox : You ask and it shall be done.

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  3. So, if I were to ask for, say, 5,000 U.S. dollars...?

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  4. Now read the phrase again Foxter - "a fine fellow I would happily follow MOST places"

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  5. @ Silver Fox - From a Yorkshireman..?!!!

    The backdrop may not be so stunning, but the people have an aura of Spring!

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  6. Drat! I was relying upon the brevity of "You ask and it shall be done."

    Oh, well, nice post anyway...!!!

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  7. Smashing photographs, Alan. Is it still possible to get a shot from the original setting? I imagine there's been some development since the original photograph was taken.

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  8. Oh dear! That rather blows my identity pic, doesn't it?

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  9. Martin : I'll see what I can do.

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  10. I fully expected you to do a PhotoShop on it!

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  11. Oh, this is WONderful. You know how much I adore then-and-now images. This is perfectly delightful. (the deed is done on my end, as well) :)

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  12. Enjoyed this comparison, Alan. How nice of your subject to cooperate too and the after and before were good to include thanks to Silver Fox's suggestion. I am rather new to checking out the Sepia Saturday blog, but hopefully will be posting to it in the future.

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  13. Good work, Alan! The ladies involved do indeed carry the aura of youth with them.

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  14. Awww...they look just wonderful! What good sports they were, too. Very nice, Alan. I really enjoyed this. Such beauties, too!

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  15. how fun to see the two of them together then and now.
    thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to comment.

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  16. Hooray for friendships that last and hooray for the way these beautiful ladies look even better 'now' than 'then' - their youthful essence still recognisable but softened, like wood or stone that has been polished by time.

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  17. "We do not remember days; we remember moments." Cesare Pavese

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  18. Love before and afters- how neat that their friendship has stood the test of time.

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  19. There's something so heartwarming about this lasting friendship. Beautiful.

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  20. They'll prolly kill you! Nah it's a lovely comparison and a very flattering photo.

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  21. wow the clothes in the reconstruction even come close to the original!

    here's to lifelong friends!!

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  22. What a brilliant idea! I know it's not as long but I have one of my daughter and her friend, both aged 6 sitting together on a large stone in the wilds of Cornwall. I have another of them (quite by coincidence) sitting in the same position on a garden bench in Hereford, 18 years later! They hadn't seen each other for 12 years when the second one was taken!

    Nice photo - oh how the backdrop of Halifax will have changed!

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