A Road photographer recreated his Photographs from 40 years ago

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reunion split 4A lot will change in 40 decades. Courtesy Chris Porsz

The INSIDER Summary:

  • Chris Porsz photographed eye strangers at the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Forty decades after, he tracked people down   and recreated the photos in exactly the exact spots.
  • He compiled the pictures  into a book known as “Reunions.”

Photographer Chris Porsz was used to wander the roads of Peterborough along with his camera at the 1970s and 1980s taking pictures of whoever seemed interesting enough to photograph.

He put his enthusiasm for photography on hold for 25 years as he raised a family worked as a paramedic, but published a few of his old work at a local paper. When people began  recognizing themselves at the pictures, he chose to pick up his camera and attempt to  reunite with his subjects nearly 40 decades  later.

During Facebook, geneologists, and conservative detective work, Porsz recreated   enough pictures to fill a novel called “Reunions.”  

Here are 10 photos that reveal precisely how much of a difference decades can create — and some things never change.

Chris Porsz spent pointing his camera as a street photographer from the 1970s and 80s.

Chris Porsz spent five years pointing his camera at society as a street photographer in the 1970s and 80s.

Courtesy Chris Porsz

On his days off from working as a casualty porter at Peterborough District Hospital,  he’d walk the roads of Peterborough and picture eye catching strangers.

“I was always searching for individuals who stood out of the audience — characters,” he told INSIDER.

"I was always looking for people who stood out from the crowd — characters," he told INSIDER.

Courtesy Chris Porsz

He did not pick up his camera for 25 years as he became busy with a career as a paramedic and lifting his children.

If he came across his old photos and delivered a few to his regional paper decades after, people began recognizing themselves.

The newspaper gave him a weekly column called “Paramedic Paparazzo” where he’d share his candid photographs, and readers wrote in when they realized a familiar face.

Tony and Sally Wilmot were the very first folks to contact him, and Porsz believed it’d be interesting to recreate the original photo.

Tony and Sally Wilmot were the first people to contact him, and Porsz thought it would be fun to recreate the original photo.

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“This has been the lightbulb moment for me personallyreally, indeed,” he said. “I thought perhaps, just possibly, I can attempt to locate these folks.”

Over five years, he staged 134 reunions.

“Plenty of detective work, a lot of failures, a lot of disappointments,” Porsz said of his attempts to arrange the meetings. “Individuals that didn’t need to get it done, sadly, people who died young, or emigrated, but also the victories outweighed the failures and kept me moving.”

Occasionally he would spend months searching for a topic, while other times he fulfilled them in “very spooky coincidences.”

Once, when responding to an ambulance call, the individual realized Porsz and remembered when he had photographed him and his friends.

He tried to stay as true to the original pictures as you can.

He tried to stay as true to the original pictures as possible.

Courtesy Chris Porsz

“A whole lot of the backgrounds are entirely gone, or some of those figures change out of all recognition, also,” he said. “I attempted to make it as quickly as possible about the original, but I attempted to bring a little bit of an additional wow element.”

Photographing the reunions has shown him how valuable relationships are and just how frequently people drop touch.

Lots of his subjects have been his pals, also.

“Clearly I never dreamed when I shot these pictures which I would ever watch them again,” said Porsz. “If had, I would have obtained contact details. It could have been a whole lot simpler. But that would probably destroy the concept, wouldn’t it?”  

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