08:00 Friday 27 December 2013

SLIDESHOW - Now and then look at town from a different view

Written byROB SMYTH

STUNNING new photos showing the past and present in Burton merged into one have formed part of an exciting photographic exhibition in the town.

Freelance photographers Robert Brittle and Peter Jordan-Turner released four new images as part of a showcase of their work, which was held at Burton Library.

The new images are based on similar ones they created for photographic book - ‘Jubilee to Jubilee’ - which featured expertly reshot and merged new-and-old photos.

These stunning amalgamations allow people to see for themselves the transition from Victorian brewery hub to modern Midlands town.

With the loss of so many heritage buildings, some of the scenes will evoke memories of times past for old Burtonions.

Mr Brittle said: “We had such a fantastic response from Burton Mail readers last year when we produced our book to go with the series.

“We have developed some additional unseen images on the same theme and were also keen to show some of our other photographic work, as there has been so much interest in how we capture our images both locally and further afield.”

One image shows an old fashioned steam train pulling into a modern Burton Railway Station.

Another shows fire engines parked up, ready for action in the former fire station that is now home to car company TL Darby, in New Street.

Mr Brittle told the Mail: “The idea first came about when we were doing a photography course at Burton and South Derbyshire College, and it just grew from there.

“It was very difficult to get it right at times.

“The equipment 100 years ago was so different, and the streets have changed so much.”

The original photographs used were obtained from the archives housed at the National Brewery Centre.

The original book that the pair authored is still available to buy from the National Brewery Centre, Waterstones, in Coopers Square shopping centre, and Sharpe’s Pottery Musuem, in West Street, Swadlincote.

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