Fascinating side-by-side video simultaneously shows London in 1927 and 2013

This is Grade A travel/history/urban geek porn right here.

Simon Smith got his hands on cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene’s restored color film footage from his UK tour in the 1920s, notably swinging past London’s top sites, and set to work reshooting identical scenes in 2013 using “modern equivalents of his camera and lenses.”

Says Smith: “This has been a personal study, that has revealed how little London has changed.”

I don’t know if I agree with this statement, what the 2013 side of the video panning past jarring (though not necessarily unpleasant) changes to the cityscape like the London Eye and “The Gherkin.” However, significant parts of London have clearly been judiciously preserved and/or pedestrianized for the better.

Also, I love the reaction Friese-Greene’s camera gets from onlookers. It’s the historic equivalent of the Google Street View car.


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