There’s a lot of “old vs. new” photos going around the internet as of late, showing side by side images of places past and present. What you don’t see as much, is the same concept being applied to video. This brilliant 6 minute video does exactly that with London, from 1927 and 2013. Descriptions of the scenes being played out throughout the film makes it a perfect example of the phrase “the more things change, the more they stay the same”.

Here’s the description from Vimeo:

During the 1920s, cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene travelled across the UK with his new colour film camera. His trip ended in London, with some of his most stunning images, and these were recently revived and restored by the BFI, and shared across social media and video websites.

Since February I have attempted to capture every one of his shots, standing in his footsteps, and using modern equivalents of his camera and lenses. This has been a personal study, that has revealed how little London has changed.

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[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/81368735[/vimeo]