Photographer Paul Scambler recreates photos from Weekly Courier for Then and Now series | Examiner

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One of my specialties is looking at old photos and figuring out where they were taken from, and if it’s still possible to take a photo from that vantage point today. One of my favorite projects was the Then and Now series in 2005. I researched old photographs from the Weekly Courier, to see what photographs I could maybe recreate and see how great the view was. change. I had found a lot of interesting old photos from all over Tasmania, and it was difficult to decide which ones to re-photograph. I had to copy the photos from the old hardcover editions and put the information together in order to start recapturing versions of those images. I had three days of travel, so armed with the fingerprint file and a list of places, a camera bag and of course some bakery snacks for the road trip, I was ready to hit the road. and find old treasures. The biggest challenge was finding the exact spots where the photographers had stood. Back then, photographers would have had limited lenses – likely 35mm and 50mm lenses – attached to the traditional 5×4-inch Speed ​​Graphic press camera. This meant that to match the same perspective, I also had to shoot with a 35 or 50mm lens. Here are some excerpts from the series that impressed me. Margaret Laver with the old photo of her and a few friends at Trevallyn Reserve in 1929, as part of the Then and Now project in 2005. The image of a few little girls playing in the Trevallyn Reserve was my favorite. I managed to find Margaret Laver, who was actually one of the girls in the original photo. She was amazed that I had a copy of the photo and wanted her to stand in one place and use that photo as a featured item for the project. Unfortunately the roof of the rotunda is gone and the view of the river basin is interrupted, but at least the pine tree was still there. This photo of the Exchange Hotel, in Beaconsfield, appeared on December 19, 1907. I couldn’t quite organize the vintage cars, but I managed to take the correct angles and left my car at the before so that it does not appear rare. many of the Weekly Courier photos contained the photographers’ cars, something Phillip Biggs and I love to do as well. Zeehan, on the west coast of Tasmania, was a challenge. I had to line up parts of the buildings with each other to get the same look. With the camera set on a tripod and the old print as a guide, it became easier to see where the photographer was standing. The roof lines have changed and the canopies have been removed, but the trail is still just as wide. The main street of Zeehan. Out of curiosity, I roughly mixed up the two images. Mathinna, in the Fingal Valley at its peak in the late 1890s, had a population of over 5,000, many of whom were Chinese miners. It was the third largest city in Tasmania at the time. Finding this house was easier than expected, with the house at the end of the main street, and the window and door still easily recognizable from the old footprint. I couldn’t find a dog or the current resident to pose for me, but the building had character. I felt you could be put back in time very easily here. Even today, the four panel doors are still attached. Churches are generally easy to find – they have either been converted into houses or still used as a place of gathering and worship. Perth Church was another building that could still be photographed from the same location. I did this by lining up the roof on top of the front door with the windows. Lucky for me when I came to stand in the street, the tree allowed me to see through the roof. It’s a shame that the old fence isn’t there yet, and that I couldn’t find anyone to lean against the fence. My advice to anyone who wants to do something similar is to question themselves. Go and find old photographs, try to redo them while standing in the same place, and here too, you too will be amazed at the changes that have taken place and which sometimes go unnoticed. Here are some more images from The Weekly Mail and my revised versions from 2005. The Weekly Mail, May 6, 1906. The post and telegraph offices in Strahan. The Examiner, August 16, 2005. The Strahan Post office Weekly Courier, March 11, 1909. The Anglican Church in Perth, Tasmania. The Examiner, July 6, 2015. Anglican Church of Perth, Tasmania Weekly Courier, August 4, 1910. Roman Catholic Church, Zeehan. The Examiner, October 29, 2013. Roman Catholic Church, Zeehan. Paul Scambler – Senior Photographer



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