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IN Photography ON 17 Nov, 2016
Street photographer, Chris Porsz has done an amazing job. He has recreated the photos that he had captured in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. He did so while touring the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (Great Britain). He has captured some heart-touching moments and has also made it possible to recreate them.
Even after 40 years, he has managed to bring those people together in the same location. Isn't it stupendous?
Chris has compiled all the 135 reunions in the book, "Reunions", in which text part is by writer Jo Riley. The book tells the stories of people in the photos. Have a look at his creations.
Look at how they have changed between 1980 and 2010. This is a picture of Bridge Street. David Harvey had become Chief Superintendent but has retired now. His son is a policeman in London. Tim Goodman is a businessman and has six children.
These five boys- Andy, Richard, Tony James, Aaron, and Devinder have been doing very good in their lives. Andy joined Army later, he says, "I remember playing the arcade game Phoenix, which involved birds hatching out of eggs."
Richard is an electrician. Tony James works as a stone cutter and Aaron works at Ikea. Devinder works for the Housing association. The 5 friends plan to meet in future and keep in touch.
This is how the jewelry assistant, Vicki Gracey has changed over the years from 1990 to 2015. She has surely become more fun-loving now. She has worked at a variety of places such as restaurants. She is presently working with tenancy sustainability. She has two children now and still lives in the city.
Having the same choice of checks shirt, the Pink Mohican, punk Badger Farcue has changed little from 1985 and 2016. He won the Pizza Eating Competition in Cathedral Square.
Earlier Badger worked as a laborer who built dry stone walls but now, he has moved to Somerset and tarmacs roads now. He was only 20 when he won the competition and said, "My friends encouraged me to enter and we had to try and eat a 12-inch cheese and tomato pizza as quickly as possible. I won and got a round of applause and front page of the local paper."
In 1985, Dog and Tina were captured near the Cathedral in Peterborough. Tina was 18 at that time. The couple has been blessed with twins, but unfortunately, they are not together anymore. Tina now lives in Dorset and does weaving, while Dog lives in South Wales and does hedge-laying and gardening. "I remember the photo being taken, it was a brilliant time. I had various styles of punk hair for quite a few years," said Tina.
Having broken both his legs in numerous motorbiking accidents, Steve Osborn was known as Metal Mickey in the 1980s has changed a lot till date. Steve now lives in Lincolnshire and has four children. Steve walks with sticks now and is a guitarist, having raised more than £20,000 for the National Association of Bikers with a disability.
From 1985 to 2013, the three sisters have grown tremendously. This is a picture of the window of their house on Cromwell Road, Peterborough. The three of them still live in the same city. From left to right, Shehnaz Begum, her twin sister Rukhsana and their older sister Itrat are gazing out from the window.
The three reminisce their old days saying, 'My twin sister and I were about seven and Itrat was nine. We loved riding our bikes with the other children in the street and were good friends with another set of twins. Mum said we were quite a handful.'
Tony Wilmot and his girlfriend Sally were captured kissing goodbye at the Peterborough Railway Station in 1980. Rephotographed in 2009, the couple was unaware that they were being clicked, only to discover 30 years later in a local newspaper, the Peterborough Evening Telegraph. The couple is married and has two children who are in their twenties now. Tony and Sally live in Lichfield, Staffordshire.
Surely the bonding of these friends is something that has not changed. They have had drastic transformations in their looks. From 1982 to 2011 the five girls, Penny, three sisters Sarah, Louise, Carole and Juliette have had massive experiences. This photo is of the Guildhall, Cathedral Square. In the reunion photo Alison (last on the right) took the place of her sister Juliette who sadly died.
The friendship of the four friends since 1980 is still the same. They were very delighted for this reunion capture. Mr Medler, one of the four friends said, "I dressed like that for about four years and my family always grumbled that I was taking too long in the bathroom.It was surreal retracing our steps."
It is definitely an exciting event to reunite with your friends.
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