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Published on 7 Jan 2009
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This is one of my "Then and Now" photographs created as a video using the new HD option now available on YouTube. This allows widescreen high quality playback but please click on the "720p HD" link below the video then click the Fullscreen icon otherwise you won't see the quality. It should have a horizontal screen resolution of at least 1280 pixels otherwise you are not seeing all the image pixels.
This then and now is a bit different to my normal ones as I have kept the view of an object and moved to the new location of the object. This is an experiment to see if this method of object based then and now photgraphy works, I'm not sure. what do you think?
The statue of Sir Henry Royce was originally erected in Derbys Arboretum park in June 1923, it was moved to Derby River Gardens in 1972 and moved yet again in September 1990 to the Rolls Royce Moor Lane site.
The Bronze "Grade II Listed" statue was completed in 1921, created by the sculptor Francis Derwent Wood (1871-1926).
There is a memorial window to Henry Royce in Westminster Abbey (unveiled 1962) Royce is the only engineer to have such a thing in his memory.
In my presentation here you can see the statue at Derby River Gardens in 1977 then outside the Rolls Royce factory, Victory Road in 2009. I then fade back and forth between these two locations.
It was not possible to take a my 2009 photograph from the exact same angle due to the fact that the statue is now located on a large raised area of ground. The only way I could have managed it would have been to use a very tall step ladder on the pavement!
I took the 2009 photograph on 4th January 2009 at 15:19 The 1977 photograph is from an old postcard I bought, rather strangely that image had graffiti on the walls but of course there was no such thing as photoshop in them days! So what you photographed was imortalised for ever even if it was for a postcard! The lamp post on the left of the 77 shot is tipped over too, I left that as it was.