“Then and Now” Series
This serves as an index page to the “Then and Now” series which ran on this blog from September 29 to October 30, 2008.
As its title implies, the series is about comparisons… comparisons of past and present through the use of photographs, particularly of (selected) streets, structures, and plazas (and/or their vicinities) in Manila, more specifically in Binondo, Santa Cruz, and Intramuros.
Although much care and effort were given in matching the vantage point and composition of the new photographs with those of the old ones, getting an exact match was near impossible (or in some cases, down right impossible) due to several factors, e.g., cameras used and accessibility of locations.
Nevertheless, I had tons of fun doing this series… even if I had to touch and step on rat feces and climb up dizzying heights (via a ridiculously steep ladder) to reach the top of Binondo Church’s bell tower (that of Santa Cruz church is a whole lot tidier but its height was quite similar)… even if I had to travel several kilometers on foot (no less than ten kilometers is my estimate, I’m no athlete you know)… even if it caused my sweat to turn to fine grains of salt under the heat of the sun… even if it caused my legs to hurt for several days afterwards… in spite of all those, it has become one of the most exciting and unforgettable experiences/journeys I’ve had in my entire life.
Following is a list of all the posts/entries that comprise the series.
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