View From Leicester

Making Things (Happen)

Now and Then in a Gif

Now and then in a Gif is a project aimed to show two sides of Leicester, the now and the then. By finding old archive photos of Leicester we can show a story that has progressed through time and how somethings have completely changed and others have not at all.

I chose this project because similar projects like shinli art’s half n half project ( ) that incorporated two pictures taken in the same context in different places at the same photographic angle and distance, it was an art project by a couple separated, one living in new York and the other living in Seoul, then they create a single piece of art work incorporating both of their images to create a single composite image.

This related to what I wanted to do, perhaps through Instagram using the layout companion app to produce side by side images.

I again took inspiration from look up Leicester ( ) A charity that funds art projects in Leicester that encourages young people to research into the architecture and photography of Leicester.lulbanner980x300px

I chose to do something like this because it was something that I’m interested in, the skyline of Leicester is very beautiful because of its deep history and culture.

Another source of inspiration was dear photograph ( that uses old photographs and then usually people try and reproduce the situation that the photographs were in when they were first taken.tumblr_static_screen_shot_2014-04-06_at_7-13-33_pm

I was thinking I could reproduce something like this, but doing further research showed it has already been done, so instead I had decided to one up this and use the wonders of Gif technology to update this idea by dear photograph.50127051_dsc_0157

Here is where things get interesting and I decided to take pictures of Leicester’s architecture, one of my first problems was locating areas that haven’t been photographed before by modern technology. The idea later occurred to me that this wasn’t a problem as I would be taking completely original photos of locations to achieve my desired effect.

I chose to do something like this because it was something that I’m interested in, the skyline of Leicester is very beautiful because of its deep history and culture. There is a long history of immigration and a mixing of styles that is beginning to show in most modern builds in the city but is also present in other architecture that is much older but less prominent.
To name an old example the Jewish naturalisation act of 1753 enabled a large Jewish migration to Leicester which is why buildings from the 1800’s tend to have Stars of David on them.

This is the sum total of the images that I have produced, 20 of them to be exact but some old photos that I found couldn’t be matched up to their location in Leicester even though I knew the location because they have been completely demolished or have something larger obscuring the angle, To enable my audience to see my work I made Instagram posts of my first few images and Facebook posts as well, this however was difficult as neither Facebook or Instagram accept gifs as a format and convert them to flat images. I got around this by introducing the two source images to Instagram. And by linking to the gif on Facebook.

Now and then, swipe to see how it is now! #vfl2016 #vfl2017 #vfl #lookupleicester #nowandthen #leicester

A post shared by Roy Weller (@royofleicester) on Mar 15, 2017 at 4:47am PDT

Another now and then look bit at leicester cathedral #vfl2016 #vfl2017 #vfl #lookupleicester #nowandthen #leicester

A post shared by Roy Weller (@royofleicester) on Mar 15, 2017 at 5:11am PDT

Now and then of the corn exchange leicester! #vfl2016 #vfl2017 #vfl #lookupleicester #nowandthen #leicester

A post shared by Roy Weller (@royofleicester) on Mar 15, 2017 at 5:21am PDT


Gauntlett wants to shift the discussion about creativity from outcomes such as products to processes- Gauntlett, D. (2015) Making Media Studies. New York: Peter Lang.

In this presentation I’ve focused more on how I’ve done things rather than what I produced. I’ve taken over 200 photos total for this project and taken several hours and many trips round the city , scouting locations getting the lighting right on specific days.

Each photo took approximately 30 mins each to create if they alignment was different or the lighting was particularly bad, reconstructing parts of the image if sections were missing in the old photo and to fill in where the image has been manipulated to line up perfectly.This describing method makes my project easily replicable in another city in the UK, in combination with the tutorial included.

I created an interactive map of the locations that I visited in order to take all these photos, they each have both the images attached to the different pins on the map.

This map allows for an interactive experience for my users enabling a greater level of user participation