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This one is for Malgo (emka) whose then and now shot from yesterday inspired me to post this.

In 1976, two years before I was born and one year before he died, my grandfather took my grandmother on a trip to Eastern Europe with stops in Finland and in St. Petersburg. He knew he was dying, and this was to be their last big trip. My grandfather - who I never met - was an avid photographer and we still have most of the shots he took while in Europe. There is one - the workshop photo here - that became very special to my mother (his daughter); a man walking down a street in downtown Helsinki holding balloons. My mother sees meaning in it - a joyful picture from a man at the end of his life.

When my wife and I first planned to visit Helsinki in 2011, I made it my mission to track down this spot and recreate the photo. I was able to find it using a very slight street sign visible on one of the buildings along with the wonder that is Google Earth. We managed to get there - it turned out it was only a block away from the famous Helsinki Cathedral, a portion of which is actually visible in both images - and get as close to a recreation as was possible. Of course my grandfather's photo is much better, full of life and happiness while in mine the street is mostly empty but for a mother and daughter crossing, but I'm afraid I didn't have the time or resources to arrange balloons for my shot! Still, it was nice to be able to present this shot, framed with my grandfather's, to my mother that following Christmas.

Larger version of my grandfather's photo on Flickr, here.

Larger version of my version on Flickr, here.

Version with my wife and I standing in that intersection on Flickr, here.

The EXIF data listed is from my grandfather's shot.

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