The first picture was taken in 1955 by a relative of one of my colleagues. I took the second picture on 13th March, 2014 – 59 years later.
The two pictures are taken from quite different places. The 1955 version was taken from further away with a normal lens. In 2014, there are some large lampposts, signs, trees, a statue and some roads so I had to move closer and use a wide angle lens.
The 1955 version was shot on Kodak Ektachrome transparency film in 6×6 format. I have no idea what kind of camera was used. The colours have faded quite badly so I did some restoration work, although it still looks a bit odd.
The 2014 version was also shot on film, but this time I used Agfa Vista 200 (from Poundland!) in a Zorki 4 camera with Jupiter 12 lens. The Zorki 4 was released in 1956 – just a year after the first picture was taken.
If anyone is reading this in 2073, please feel free to take another photo of the same place and send it in 🙂