I planned this post already before going to Vienna so even if the quality is not as I hoped, I show it anyway. The upper photo appeared on TE some years ago. It was made in September 1979, during my first visit in Vienna. The lower picture was made in May 2014, so the time difference is 35 years. What has changed? One can see that the entrance to the Charles church looks much better now, the church was renovated and the angels are now white (quite difficult to make photo). Earlier the people were all staying and now they are all sitting on the steps.
Usually when Gert shows his old gems, we wonder, what happened to the people? The young girls are maybe the mothers or even grandmothers, the elder people are probably dead. Here I can tell you something. Do you see on the upper photo the young slim woman in blue jeans and white shirt? Well, she is still alive although old and fat. She liked to travel already in 1979 but now became passionate traveller and photographer.
Slightly different version here, not better unfortunately.
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Nicou (127766) 2014-07-07 0:47
superbe double image le chœur avec ces beaux costumes rouge et l'aurre avec le graphisme d'escaliers quel ensemble.
Bravo et amitié
holmertz (43685) 2014-07-07 2:40
How very interesting! I wish I had pictures like these. I should have this idea in mind the next time I go back to somewhere I had been decades earlier (if that ever happens; my early journeys were sometimes so complicated that I could not repeat them today). Well, we all get older, even slim young women, only this church looks younger.
kasianowak (7409) 2014-07-07 2:47
Mialas niesamowity pomysl, zeby pokazac te dwa zdjecia razem! Swietne porownanie i rzeczywiscie, jak skomentowal Gert, tylko budynki mozna wyraznie odmlodzic przy pomocy renowacji... Tez to odczuwam na sobie... ;)
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-07 4:55
a wonderful contrasting and captivating comparison shot this. It is amazing to see the difference in both the renovated exterior and the advances digital photography has made in capturing the detail. Like this - it's intriguing and such a good idea to present it like this.
Have a good week - B.
jhm (142794) 2014-07-07 5:18
Maybe I find your workshop picture the most beautiful through the colours and clarity.
This is a wonderful two pictures with the people above.
Sharpness and clarity are pleasant to look at.
Excellent composition and nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice week,
serp2000 (41648) 2014-07-07 6:19
Oh, I see the steps of the reconstraction and make up of this building. Good comparison, but they are not the same people in red ;) Yes, this photo really reminds me the Gert's archive photos. Well done!
tyro (21588) 2014-07-07 8:18
This is a brilliant pair of photographs comparing images of the same building (and one person!) thirty-five years apart! And thank you for reminding us that none of us is immortal!
The church has certainly undergone some extensive renovation and has had a real facelift, looking very much smarter. As you say, some of the people in your upper picture might well now be dead - but at least the girl in the white shirt and blue jeans is still blooming! :o)
Sergiom (65191) 2014-07-07 8:31
J'aime beaucoup ce diptyque qui fait vraiment ressortir la différence du avant et du après. Les rénovations sont vraiment très bien faite et doivent avoir coûter très cher.
Noel_Byrne (26559) 2014-07-07 11:01
Beautiful idea to make this double shot, what a difference in the condition of the building. And how wonderful to see such excellent restoration work give the building a completely new lease of life.
When you say 35 years ago, it does make me wonder about the people. While the people got old, the angels got younger. The benefits of being made of stone I guess. Great idea this is really cool.
macjake (59954) 2014-07-07 11:40
LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!
I often like to purchase photography books where they show the same POV of cities but from 100 years ago compared to today.
I actually have one of Vancouver :)
this is fantastic Malgo.
probably my all time favorite photo of yours.
I actually enjoy the rustic one better, but thats not surprise as i enjoy abandoned type of buildings and the look they usually have.
marabu61 (9209) 2014-07-07 12:30
Now now, how are you talking about yourself, I am sure you are still the same young girl as in the picture from 1979.
The church entrance does look indeed much improved today than it was in 79. I really enjoy this kind of comparative pairs of photos. It is always very interesting to see how places change over time. On my last visit to Tel Aviv in 2013 I did a similar series, revisiting places from when I worked there in 1983 and putting the pictures side by side. There where some interesting changes indeed.
have a great week
carlo62 (37205) 2014-07-07 14:19
bella idea, compresa quella del ws.
I monumenti si possono restaurare, ma rimangono gli stessi nella sostanza. Le persone invecchiano e non ci sono restauri che tengano, però possono migliore, maturare. La "signora" era più giovane e magra, ma prima faceva il soggetto, adesso la fotografa....
asajernigan (21382) 2014-07-07 16:58
This is a great double image showing great improvements. The contrast is outstanding between the two photos.
Both photos have excellent sharpness and detail.
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-07-07 18:07
I love this idea - and in fact it reminds me of something a friend showed me today: this site, which has almost flawless then and now photos comparing spots from D-Day and the Allied invasion of Europe during World War II with their modern day counterparts (just click on each image to see the modern version). It also inspires me to post something similar from my own travels tomorrow...
as for the photos themselves, it amazes me to see the changes - in style, in photography, in architecture. The building itself has been so heavily revitalized - even though a part of me loves the worn look from the first image, I'm sure it has improved the health of the building overall. And though the people have changed, and the fashions have changed, it's nice to see that these stairs are still a place people gather to relax and talk!
rychem (26774) 2014-07-07 21:35
Takie zdjęcia to dokument czystej wody, oprócz tego, że ludzie się postarzeli, to jeszcze jest ciekawe jak potoczyły się ich losy, a może stoi tam jakiś znamienity śpiewak?
Royaldevon (32593) 2014-07-07 23:27
I have photographed the same area in different seasons, for comparison, but never the same building many years apart. You have been able to record amazing changes in renovation and conservation and in the way people behave; not one person is sitting on the steps in 1979.
We are all changing, usually not so well recorded as this, but it is good to know that one particular person, though changed, is still passionately recording all she sees.
Have a great day,
photoray (13182) 2014-07-08 8:01
A beautiful advertisement for rejuvenation, the Charles Church has become more appealing in its after life. Though I like the female group in red over today's human scattering on the steps.
Interesting to see the difference time and history makes.
Thanks for sharing,
PS: I had personally increased body fat too much in my senior years, and after my medical physical the doctor informed me I was killing myself unless I ate healthier and stopped drinking alcohol. So I paid attention and after my rejuvenation I returned to an average body weight, though not the 31 inch waist line of my college years. And I lost the fat without doing exercises other than walking.
PaulVDV (23979) 2014-07-08 12:12
Lately I've been too busy to spend much time on TE. So I've missed most of your pictures.
This one is a real surprise.
To be honest, I'm a little surprised that this church in Vienna was in such a miserable state in the year 1979. Meanwhile, a thorough restoration has been done. Yet the old picture is a lot more attractive. And not only because of the presence of the group in red & white uniform.
You had a great idea to compare both pictures with a time difference of 35 years.
There aren't that many places where I have been for a second time in my life. But if this will happen, I must keep in mind also to make such comparison.
Best regards, Paul
PiotrF (10562) 2014-07-08 12:41
albo zle patrze, albo na tym drugim zdjeciu nie moge Cie znalezc, a takie porownanie tez mozna bylo zrobic.
Coz zabytki odnowione, do takiego stanu jak na pierwszym zdjeciu szybko nie wroca, pozostaje tylko sentyment.
Bylem tam pierwszy raz kilka lat po tobie, a wlasciwie przez hojnosc biura podrozy dwa razy w krotkim odstepie czasu, a ze moze niedlugo odwiedze znajome miejsca musze pomyslec nad zrealizowaniem podobnego pomyslu... tylko ja wtedy samodzielnie paralem sie fotografia czarno-bialą, kolorowa mnie przerastala wymogami technicznymi nie do spelnienia w warunkach domowych; ale porowanie miejsc moze wypasc ciekawie.Ciezko bedzie osiagnac tylko to 35 lat roznicy.
Super pomysl na taka prezentacje
Silvio1953 (128325) 2014-07-09 12:06
Ciao Malgorzata, gran bell'idea comparare le due foto prese a distanza di 35 anni, gran bella la ragazza in jeans e camicetta bianca, fisico da modella, eh gli anni passano per tutti..., brava, un abbraccio Silvio
ChrisJ (102743) 2014-07-11 9:16
Great job done here with the renovation. Good exposure on the white highlights in the cleaned marble statues of the more recent, lower photo. Good sharpness and the people in both images animate the scene and provide scale. Tfs!
mcmtanyel (15557) 2014-07-12 20:19
They have done a marvelous job of renovating the church. I hope that doesn't mean you cannot take photos inside any more. A splendid "then and now" collage.
delpeoples (54455) 2014-07-16 5:38
Ciao cara Itchy Feet
What a wonderful montage. It looks like the building had some botox and plastic surgery since you first saw it. Whilst the think tourist seems to still flourish with natural beauty and zest for life. I love these types of shots and particularly cherish Gert and Mesut's then and now photos. So this is a great tribute to them and also very compelling as a subject. Well done.