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If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration for your photography, read the flickr blog. Back in June, I read a post titled Past Present(ing), and I immediately started my research.  I looked for old photographs of Ealing, where we live(d) in London, printed them in Kuwait ready for this post.  Today, I took some time alone and went on a shoot walk.

I admire the English for their preservation of everything old.  The above image shows the old tram which operated on the Uxbridge Road.  Here is a link to an image of the opening ceremony.  The original photograph was taken around 1910.  Click on the image to get the larger version and have a look at the clock on the right.  I took a close up of it today.  It’s still in the same place!  The beautiful church, also in the above image, gets its own frame below.

The New Broadway captured below is the main road heading West.  The post box on the left is still in the same place.  The church wall on the right, where the man is sitting, looks exactly the same as it did almost a hundred years ago.  From the same point, I took the shot used for the header of this post.  The 607 bus services this road from Uxbridge to Shepherd’s Bush.

The Town Hall building has had some minor alterations.  The staircase outside looks different but the overall feel to the road is the same.  The tram is again visible in this image.  Have a look at the man pushing the trolley.

For some reason, I love this one.  Look at the way people were dressed!  The woman in the hat, holding the umbrella, made me look at this image again and again… and I still do.

The location of the image below is fifty yards from my old High School.  Across the road from Ealing Green, it’s where I bought sweets and junk – a tradition I still practice – during lunch breaks.  The shop is gone.  I remember a few years ago when all the shops on the right were being renovated. Other than that, the area hasn’t changed for twenty years.

From the old image, it doesn’t look like it changed much in sixty years.

I spent my school years here, during the late 1980s and went back again when I moved from Denmark around 2000.  I therefore feel more at home here than anywhere else in the world. Ealing is by no means perfect.  There are some horrible corners.  I can however see why it was once the ‘Queen of the Suburbs’.  More on Ealing’s history can be found here.

The title of this post is not to show off my Latin.  Because I don’t know any.  I do know however that it means ‘Look backward, look forward’ or with a more meaningful translation: ‘Learn from the Past—Look to the Future’.  I couldn’t think of a better title for this post.  These two words are special to me because they were printed on our school badge at Ealing Green High School, which we wore on our blazers.  My school, below, was converted to a college.

Like I told the nice police officers who stopped me this afternoon, this is a post for fun only.  I should close with a disclaimer regarding the images:

Whilst every single image on has been taken by me, it is (I hope) obvious that the images I’m holding in the photographs above are not mine.  They were taken by someone before I, or indeed my parents, were born.  I printed them for the purpose of this post, and a couple of them are framed on the wall of our house.  All the details of copyright and original artists/photographers are available here.

UPDATE 1 August 2009:

I just found a video from 1901 filmed from a tram! Click here to watch it.


    • BitJockey
    • Posted 31 July 2009 at 9:38 pm
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    It gave me (good) chills….

  1. cool…
    maybe you could do a now and then comparison…would help to compare details.
    excellent idea

    • Thanks.
      Maybe not 🙂
      Though do have a look at the video in the update.

  2. Great i will do it

  3. Nice ideas! And great pictures!

    I’d think the copyright of the original photographs must have expired by now, no?

    • Thank you…
      Probably. I just wanted to play it safe.

  4. Awesome! Yeah the guys at Flickr blog have some really neat ideas. I must say that you’ve done a great job and I love #8 !

    • Thanks Mathai. My favourite is also 8 but I eanted to use a more colourful one for the header photo.

  5. Extremely nice ideas and shots!!!

  6. waw brilliant idea!

    • Thanks. It really is a good one. Not mine as mentioned – but great fun.

  7. so this is what the ‘old charm’ is all about i guess! as someone had said a bit eerie sort of feeling! :)lovely shots!

  8. You are having so much fun! My favorite photo of all, though, is your son on the merry go round – it is a photo you could look at for a LONG time!

    Those berries also looked good . . ummmmm.. . are raspberries in season?

    • maitham
    • Posted 3 August 2009 at 12:55 am
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    nice good great perfect beautiful wonderful
    very nice very good very great….!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. I love the idea of Past Present(ing). Awesome post!

  10. Very cool idea! I love how the pictures turned out!

    I miss london already!

  11. I loved the before and after picture nice idea and great blog this is the first time i visit and i will be back very soon
    Great work

  12. Wow, thanks for sharing. This is GREAT work. Amazing how the past connects with the present.

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