Chris Porsz has done an awesome thing. Twice. During the 1970s and ’80s, the paramedic-turned-amateur-photographer set out to capture a random collection of the diverse people living in his hometown of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in the U.K.
Punks, police, traders, children and other citizens of all ages, races and walks of life were equally interesting to Chris, who documented them going about their business like some kind of David Attenborough of the British suburbs.
At times, his photos were un-staged and candid; at others, a little more set-up. But each of Chris’s shots was full of freshness, tenderness and authenticity, reflecting the diversity of the characters in his neighbourhood.
That’s part one of the aforementioned awesome thing.
Part two? Forty years after taking those photos, Chris returned to Peterborough to take photos of those exact same people, in the same positions, in the same places. No small feat, considering the fact that each subject was a random stranger who had to be identified and tracked-down.
The result is a pretty moving series. Old lovers reunite, once-badass punk and sharpie kids now look like dorky dads, and child siblings fidgeting in windows are now serious grownups. Overall, it’s an extremely satisfying and gratifying project, but there’s also something kind of sad about it too – especially when someone is missing from a recent photo.
You can see the full series over at Design You Trust.