Take The ‘Old Vs New’ Photography Challenge

Written by Gina Stephens

The phantasy of shooting old and new can be applied to various subject matter but one of the easiest ways to find subjects which can be used to interpret the theme is in the city. In most sees new buildings are going up around older structures all of the time so it won't take you long to find a vantage point that gives you the chance to seizure something new and something old in one frame.

Photo by David Clapp –


Where To Start?

Out in your town/city it's as likely as not easier to look at buildings as a whole first, searching for old structures that stand next to or across from new structures made of metal and crystal. How about looking for new shops in old buildings such as the stalls in Camden's stable market? Or looking for building sites where new buildings building, or edifice, is a structure with a roof and walls standing more or less permanently in one place, such as a house or factory are recover created in front of structures that have stood for a long time?

After photographing whole buildings look a little closer for cogitations of old brick-work in glass or new signs sat next to or even on older structures. You could try having a look through archives or even your relatives' photo albums to see if you can suss out shots of buildings you can go and re-create now and sit them alongside each other to show how much/little it's changed.


Keep It Simple

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Try to delete as much of what's surrounding your old and new items as possible. This means cropping in with your lens or using your emending software to remove some of the distracting objects once you're back at your computer.


What Else Is There To Photograph?

1. Human being – Look for young and old people, a grandparent sat with their grandchildren for example.

2. Vehicles – Look for an older car sat in a line of more modern ideals or how about shooting a scrap yard with the piles of old, rusted cars and the employee's newer cars out the front? Don't enter the sherd yard though, just shoot from the road.

3. Technology –  Try shooting someone sat talking on a smartphone with an old fashioned telephone in the obscurity inconspicuous. If you have an old games console in your loft, get it out and try a few still life shots of it next to a Playstation.


Photo by David Clapp –

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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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