A Tribute to the Photos Taken by My Father


Around 3 years ago, I got my father to dig out the albums from when he and my mother met and the traveled in England and Europe. I scanned the images I loved and made it my quest to re-create the images in the places they were taken.

Since travel has always been around me, my parents met while my mum was working in London, England, as many Aussies do. The square format photographs were all taken in the 70’s and I decided that I would re-create as close as possible the photos while I was doing my work and travel abroad as they did, only with a big difference it was 30 years later.

With the downfall of Polaroid, which was my only square format camera at the time, I bought up the rest of the film that my local camera store had and kept it only to be used for this series. I wasn’t going to be living in London as they did, only traveling through. So I tried to take as many as possible while I was there. Some were easy, photos of the Effiel Tower for example, apart from security fences and far larger crowds in the hot summer while I was there compared to what looked like a rainy Spring day when they were there.

The main things that hindered me were my Dad’s lack of memory of where some of photos were taken.

“Where was this photo taken Dad?”

“Somewhere in the South of France, near a beach that was nudist at the time.”

That doesn’t really help me. So I’m still fulfilling my quest, with the photos that I can’t figure out where they were I’m taking my own photos. That mountain might have been a snow-covered mountain somewhere in Switzerland but I’m taking the one on my travels, in the snow covered mountains of Canada.

I’m hoping to continue the series with finding some more old photos of when they returned to Australia, when I return back at the end of the year. Here are some of the photos which I don’t have a very good idea of where they are, if the Lomography community, as well travels as we are would be able to help at all it would be greatly appreciated!

written by erinwoodgatesphotography on 2011-07-18 #lifestyle #travel #england #europe #father #polaroid #lomography #parents #1970s #film-photography #analogue-lifestyle #then-and-now


  1. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    love the article and the fotos..<:)

  2. andredimu
    andredimu ·

    the photo n° 22 shows the Beauvais Cathedral located in Beauvais, in northern France

  3. erinwoodgatesphotography
    erinwoodgatesphotography ·

    Thanks so much!

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