Occasionally, rephotography involves standing in some rather awkward spots, which can be a bit disconcerting when you’ve got your head under the black cloth and you can hear the traffic rumbling past. So it was handy when we found this ‘men at work’ sign that we could hide behind last week, at the Bishop’s Gate.
One of the great things that we’ve noticed whilst we’ve been out in the city with the camera, is how people come up to chat. Sometimes it’s about the camera and they pop their head under the cloth to have a look through the viewfinder at the upside-down, back-to-front image. We have a chat about what we’re doing with the City of Culture, and sometimes people even tell us that they’ve got their own collection of photographic glass plates in their attic that would rival many museum collections, which is what happened last week. If anyone reading this has similar collections of photographs from around the city, at home, however big or small, then I know the guys at the Derry-Londonderry Portrait of a City offices would love to hear from you.
Everyone has great stories about how the area has changed, the buildings that have been taken down, the new ones that have been put up in their place, the shops that come and go and the ones that have stood the test of time. It’s those stories that we love to hear and they are what we try to capture in our images, showing the passage of time and the changes that have occurred over the past 100 years, in one single photograph.