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Time changes everything; at least it feels like it. Fleeting years turn people, landscapes, and architecture into different versions of themselves. But it is only when you compare a photo taken several decades ago with one from the present-day that you can truly see the contrast between the two.

This X (formerly known as Twitter) page called “Then vs. Now” is full of interesting examples from all areas of the world. From images of ancient pyramids and famous cities to swimming pools and street alleys, they beautifully capture the essence of the changing times. The world continues to evolve, but for now, we invite you to take a glimpse at what has already happened.

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Sitting On Their 1947 Chevrolet Olin Front Of A Diner, And Then 63 Years Later

Sitting On Their 1947 Chevrolet Olin Front Of A Diner, And Then 63 Years Later

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The images seen in this list are called rephotographs, pictures that represent two different moments in time. The goal here is to compare and observe the changes in a specific object over the years which are reflected when two photos are placed side by side, just like “Then vs. Now” image pairs.

The technique has been around for over a century and was first used to document the modifications in the landscape during the Industrial Revolution. The early rephotography focused on urban scenery, such as the expansion of cities and the rise of skyscrapers.

During this process, the photographer locates the original picture and finds the exact location where it was taken. This can be challenging, as some urban areas might have changed so much that it becomes difficult to retake the photo from the same point of view.

#4

The Arctic 103 Years Ago Compared To Today

The Arctic 103 Years Ago Compared To Today

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Bike Ride In Berlin Kreuzberg ( 1985 / 2018 )

Bike Ride In Berlin Kreuzberg ( 1985 / 2018 )

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In the now photo she is wearing her original wedding outfit - wow!

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From the beginning of the 19th century to today, photography has been inseparably linked to time. A photo needs a time and place to exist, just as time needs imagery to become concrete and preserved. A large number of images can tell stories that span over long periods of time. Photos have the ability to take us back into the past by looking at captured things and events in the past.

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Best Friends Since Ww2

Best Friends Since Ww2

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wasnt this the one that was debunked in a earlier post to not be the same ladies?

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A picture stops time and turns the intangible into something we can hold onto for a lifetime. Photos of lost loved ones celebrate their existence and allow us to look back at memories with them. Pictures of your childhood home or the town in which you grew up preserve memories of those carefree days when all you had to do was keep your room clean and finish your homework. It makes you aware of the changes and growth that took place when you were too busy to notice.

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#11

Same Place And Memory Size.. The Difference Is 58 Years

Same Place And Memory Size.. The Difference Is 58 Years

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It Hasn't Changed Much In 157 Years, Aside From The Platform Height And Electrification. The World's Oldest Undeground Station, Baker Street!

It Hasn't Changed Much In 157 Years, Aside From The Platform Height And Electrification. The World's Oldest Undeground Station, Baker Street!

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The weird bit of my brain questions if there can be an oldest underground station. Surely it must be equal oldest with somewhere else, since until there was a service between here and another, it was just a hole in the ground?

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Chróstnik Palace 2009 vs. 2021. Chróstnik, Lubin County, Poland

Chróstnik Palace 2009 vs. 2021. Chróstnik, Lubin County, Poland

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Book author H.B.R. Patel shares tips for this kind of photography, and he advises that instead of capturing a hundred images that are somewhat in focus or in frame, you should wait for the moment when all these factors align perfectly. This way, the snapped second is much more precise and special. Having a purpose with your shots teaches you to read people better, be more coordinated, and even anticipate the unexpected. Then, organically, you improve your photo quality and have little frozen moments in time that are so much more special.

#15

Machu Picchu, Peru. 1915 & 2020

Machu Picchu, Peru. 1915 & 2020

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The documentary about the discovery of this was very fascinating!

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There Is Beauty In France That Will Last Forever

There Is Beauty In France That Will Last Forever

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The Main Entrance To The City , York, England

The Main Entrance To The City , York, England

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The Same Trench From Ww1, 100 Years Apart, 1914-2014

The Same Trench From Ww1, 100 Years Apart, 1914-2014

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Prague 1910 And 2022

Prague 1910 And 2022

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The changes that rephotography reflects are merely visual, but what is happening behind the scenes is so much more complex. People faced with challenges always say that if you give it some time, it will change, but does it really? During these moments, the wisdom that time heals everything seems valid. Knowing that something is out of our control and will get better with the passing hours is comforting, as it gives us a period to think everything through carefully and not worry about it too much.

But sometimes we have a goal to pursue, and despite our efforts, we are still far from reaching it. It’s a two-way relationship: time changes when we change ourselves. When action fails, give it a few moments and start again, but it’s unlikely that passing hours alone will fix everything.

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Hiroshima

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazingly, the trams were running again in 3 days! Three of the original tram cars, 651, 652 and 653 are still in operation today.

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Scrolling through pictures on Facebook and looking at memories from years ago may stop us in our tracks to think, “Where’d the time go?”. With age, it seems to fly by faster and faster. But it wasn’t like this when we were little, was it? Kindergarten nap times seemed to drag on forever, and the summer holiday passed so slowly that it allowed us to complete our never-ending vacation bucket list.

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It appears that this phenomenon is a common experience and has its own explanation. For a 10-year-old, one year is ten percent of their lives, and for a 60-year-old, it’s less than two. This percentage makes up a smaller portion of an adult’s lifetime, causing them to think it passed quickly. Also, new and exciting things feel different to children, setting months and years apart in their minds. As adults, our days and weeks start to feel similar, and our brain starts to lump everything together, making it feel like it flew by.

In order to make every day count, it’s a good idea to start appreciating joyful experiences, and maybe snap a couple of shots while you’re at it.

#21

1889 And 2010

1889 And 2010

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And yet there are some who still say global warming isn't real...😡

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Sherman Tanks For The French Army In "Kaysersberg" In 1944 And Now

Sherman Tanks For The French Army In "Kaysersberg" In 1944 And Now

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

humankind is the srangest.we are capable building such beauty and yet we also have a huge tendency for destruction.

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#24

Tunnel Rock At Sequoia National Park, 1952 And 2022

Tunnel Rock At Sequoia National Park, 1952 And 2022

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Chichen Lzta 1892 And Now

Chichen Lzta 1892 And Now

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've been there. Photographs are one thing, but to stand next to it was something else entirely. Really incredible to stand next to such history.

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#27

Stonehenge: 1877 And 2019

Stonehenge: 1877 And 2019

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#28

Beauty Is Vanishing From Our World Because We Live As Though It Did Not Matter

Beauty Is Vanishing From Our World Because We Live As Though It Did Not Matter

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Paris

Paris

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These constructions were not meant to last, even the Eiffel tower. But people liked that one and kept it in pĺace

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Believe this is/was one of the resorts in Sullivan County, New York (think Dirty Dancing). They lasted into the 70's, maybe a few into the 80's, but life style change and cheaper transportation options let folks go much further and faster. They have fallen into major disrepair, and several have been bought by a religious sect.

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Tokyo Japan

Tokyo Japan

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

firebombing, coupled with high winds; paper walled houses helped it spread faster.

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Seoul, South Korea - 1900 And Now

Seoul, South Korea - 1900 And Now

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was in Seoul in the 70’s, it was a big urban place then.

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Chernobyl (1984 - 2011)

Chernobyl (1984 - 2011)

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For those wondering (or for those who didn't spot it) it has "Homs 2011" in the bottom right corner. Homs is a city in Syria

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 2000 And Now

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 2000 And Now

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ghastly. Be aware that sand is a vital building component and desert sand is not adequate because it is rounded from, well, rolling around in the desert, consequently there is a great demand for beach sand. A huge black market and no political will to protect beaches. Ghastly.

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Note: this post originally had 80 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.