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Old photos in the frame for a modern twist
09 March 2012 10:39
Pictured at the opening of ‘Scotland’s landscape, then and now’ were local photographers, councillors and library employees.
Scotland's landscape, then and now, is the theme for an exhibition of images touring a number of South Ayrshire libraries, but with an innovative twist.
Members of the public were asked to take old images, held by Carnegie Library's Local History Department and re-photograph the same scene from the same perspective, as it appears today.
The result is a fascinating insight into how the local landscape has changed from past to present and the new images will now be stored by the library as an archive for future historians.
Speaking at the opening of the exhibition at Carnegie Library, Councillor Margaret Toner commented: "The aim of this excellent project was to show how much South Ayrshire's landscape has changed over time and then documenting this by contrasting new photographs of old scenes.
"It's a fantastic idea and was eye-opening to say the least, showing just how much change takes place around us and just how easily we can take this for granted from scenes that are not even a generation old."
After its success at Carnegie Library the exhibition can be seen at Troon Library from 5 to 17 March and then at Alloway Library from 19 to 31 March.
The photographs can also be viewed online at http://www.flickr.com/photos/southayrshire/sets/