The INSIDER Summary:
- Chris Porsz photographed eye-catching strangers in the 1970s and 1980s.
- Thirty years later, he tracked people down and recreated the photos in the same spots.
- He compiled the images into a book called “Reunions.”
Photographer Chris Porsz used to wander the streets of Peterborough with his camera in the 1970s and 1980s taking pictures of whoever seemed interesting enough to photograph.
He put his passion for photography on hold for 25 years as he raised a family and worked long hours as a paramedic, but published some of his old work in a local paper. When people started recognizing themselves in the photos, he decided to pick up his camera once more and try to reunite with his subjects almost 40 years later.
Through Facebook, geneologists, and old-fashioned detective work, Porsz recreated enough photos to fill a book called “Reunions.”
Here are 10 photos that show just how much of a difference decades can make — and how some things never change.
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Chris Porsz spent five years pointing his camera at society as a street photographer in the 1970s and 80s.
On his days off from working as a casualty porter at Peterborough District Hospital, he would walk the streets of Peterborough and photograph eye-catching strangers.
“I was always looking for people who stood out from the crowd — characters,” he told INSIDER.
He didn’t pick up his camera again for 25 years as he became busy with a career as a paramedic and raising his children.