Street photographer Chris Porsz had once hit the jackpot in the late 70s and 80s when he was roaming around the streets of England and taking candid pictures of whatever caught his fancy. He is an artist and knows where his art subjects lie. Much time has passed since then, but the artist’s spirit never really dies. Another spark of brilliance dawned on Chris when he decided to track down the subjects of his photographs and click them again, in the same pose, at the same location – this time, colorized. The result can make anyone go teary-eyed – a testament to how time flies.
Tina and Dog (1985 and 2015)
It was the time of punk and Tina and Dog were a couple who went with the flow. Getting their hair dyed in shocking colors and styled in the classic punk fashion, it would be really difficult for anyone to recognize them when they look at them now. The chemistry has died too – they are now separated, though they have twins. Tina is settled in Dorset and is into weaving willows, while Dog has a great gardening life back in South West Wales. Dog laments his loss of hair!
Run-a-thon (1987 and 2016)
Those glorious school days – when running across streets without worry was just a normal thing to do. When Andy, Richard, Tony James, Devinder and Aaron looked at the photo, they were truly mesmerized. Those were some happy times, they said. Now, they have their own families, and are working hard to earn a living.
Going To The Hairdresser (1980 and 2016)
Sandra Buford used to visit this hairdresser because it was cheaper. She liked the apprentice’s talent of making her hair look good, back during that time when she was working at the Hotpoint factory. Now, she has lost her husband and has even got grandchildren. The hairdresser now remains, transformed into a premium Toni & Guy.
Shocking Hair Style (1985 and 2016)
Badger Farcue had a hairstyle that made him stand out among the crowd. He was chomping down pizzas when the 40-year-ago photo was clicked. Nostalgia struck when he saw it again – he still remembers the contest. Well, he should, he won it, after all. However, time seems to have been mellow on him. He still keeps the shocking pink Mohican – and maintains it well.
Looking Out The Window (1980 and (2013)
The sister loved to look out of the window and see what was happening on the road. They loved to cycle themselves and were friends with their neighborhood children. When Chris saw the twins and the elder sister, he could not stop himself from capturing them in his camera. Now, the elder sister is divorced but spends her time in the noble task of taking care of the old, while another sister has remarried and the third one has six children. Thankfully, they continue to see each other and maintain their familial bond.
Grammar School Delight (1979 and 2016)
They may have lost contact over the years, but these three were best friends forever when they were in a county school. Carmen and Sandra lived on the same road, so no wonder they had a terrific bond. Maureen had slipped and broken her right arm and has tactfully kept it hidden from the frame. Now, they are all sweet memories.
Getting A Job (1982 and 2016)
After graduating from school, Tasbir Singh went on to get himself some income. He worked in a store first for four years and upgraded his job to Royal Mail and BT. Back then, the climate had been hard on him and it was increasingly difficult to work in the cruel England weather but now, he has acclimatized.
Bubblegum (1980 and 2012)
With bubblegum swelling outside their mouth, these two sisters were up in the coolness factor during those days. They were waiting for their mother, but they did not lose out on style. After so long, Emma and Anna Hankins found it really difficult to imitate the same pose again. Especially, blowing a bubble with the bubblegum was difficult. Lack of practice after all.
Ice-cream Man (1980 and 2014)
Genesio Borrillo travelled along the city roads with his ice-cream van honking and ringing and making all the children chase him. He must have been every kid’s favorite ice-cream man. Now, he has his own pasta shop which he runs with his daughter.
Have your milk (1983 and 2014)
Studying in the Queens Drive Infants School, Layla Gordon was having her milk while staring blankly at the camera. Unlike most children, she seemed to like her milk and slurp it all up without throwing a tantrum. She likes milk even now, but now, she knows that it costs a lot of money.
Road Rage (1980 and 2016)
Going by the accurate pseudonym, Metal Mickey, Steve Osborn was born to be a daredevil. He had all kind of metals and screws fitted on both of his legs – a product of his rash bike driving. He loved the thrill so much that he even drove with his legs fitted in a cast. Now, he still walks with his crutches, but he plays for different bands and donates to the National Association of Bikers with a Disability.
Following his Passion (1980 and 2015)
When his house burned down, Michael Ross was devastated. Any other person may have taken a wrong step, but this brave Scotsman was not someone who was going to back down just because there had been a mishap. Someone donated his golf clubs to him and he stealthily entered the local course to indulge in his passion. He lived in the bus shelter for 10 years and people thought that he had died.
Playing The Flute (1986 and 2015)
Neil was the Pied Piper of Peterborough town, going around with his melodious tunes floating in the air. However, though he has been clicked recently, he is nowhere to be found anymore.
Staying the Same (1981 and 2015)
When Chris shot Donna and his younger brother Steven having an ice-cream, they looked ecstatic. Who wouldn’t when you have ice-cream in your hand? Now, when Donna returned to pose in the same area, she was surprised. Though they had moved out a long time ago, the house has stayed the same.
Siblings (1982 and 2014)
Posing in the most natural way, Annamarie and Maria Plavecz looked strong and happy in the past. No wonder, they became caretakers of people later in life, trying to do a lot of good for humanity.
Staying Cool (1970 and 2013)
The school buddies had been commemorated with a lot of pin badges back in their day. It was the time of rising punk and while they haven’t gone overboard with their hairstyle, they were really moving on towards that hyped phase. Now, John Church is working as a decorator, and playing in a band with Ade. Gary works as a project manager in Australia, while Pippa has shifted to Spain.
A People’s Person (1990 and 2015)
A people’s person, Vicki Gracey, was working as an assistant in the jewelry shop when she was captured. She had continued to work in restaurants and bars where she had to meet and interact with lots of people. She loved every bit of it – a natural stimulant for a people’s person.
Get Your Tastiest Meat Here (1980 and 2015)
Maybe because there was an urgent need for money, but Richard grabbed the job at a butcher’s when he dropped out of school at the age of 15. He left the job after three years. Now he works as an entertainer. The butcher store has been transformed into a café.
Eating Chips (1983 and 2016)
Andy Randall and Martin Coulson were school buddies and when it was Saturday, they visited the chip shop at the arcade. The chips were tasty and they wouldn’t have given it a slip for the world. Now, they are married and working, with Andy as an engineer and Martin undergoing re-training after quitting his job as a warehouse manager.
Time definitely changes you and Chris Porsz has put it all out in his book, Reunions. These photos will really make your heart melt, but above all – it will make you wonder – how are you going to change when you are older? What are you going to face by that time? Feels strange, doesn’t it?
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