The Street Photographer Who Took A Leap Into Future

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In the golden years, the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, street photographer Chris Porsz wandered around the busy streets of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (Great Britain), clicking and having 100 of characters within the lens of his camera. Now, almost half a century later, Porsz hustled and tracked down those same people to recreate not only their pictures but to recreate that moment. The pictures were recreated in the same location to replenish the soul of it. Porsz captured everyone from the siblings to the lovers, the beauty that the town showers. He has gathered all the pics together and put them in a book titled ‘Reunions’, with feelings by writer Jo Riley narrating the stories of the people in the pictures. Take a look at some of his photos below.

30. THE KISS BY THE PASSING TRAIN

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Tony Wilmot had to leave for the town far away, had to say goodbye to his girlfriend Sally at Peterborough Railway Station and he chose to say it with an affectionate kiss. Fortunately, they united again and got married after a year. Tony at 22 and Sally at 21, a happily married couple. Funny thing, they both had no idea that they were clicked 1980. It appeared over 30 years later in a local paper the Peterborough Evening Telegraph and was seen by Tony’s father. Porsz has resurrected their young love again after almost 30 years.

 

29. A WINDOW FOR THE 3 SISTERS


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A picture straight back in the 1980s cut to a picture in 2013, times changed, things changed, but the view from the window remained the same. Left to right, Shehnaz Begum, her twin sister Rukhsana and their older sister Itrat spent hours perching from the window to watch how the world works. ‘My twin sister and I were about seven and Itrat was nine. We loved riding our bikes with the other children in the street and were good friends with another set of twins. Mum said we were quite a handful’, said Shehnaz. The sisters still live in Peterborough and do see each other one or the other day. Shehnaz had to go through a divorce but still have a great life revolving around her beautiful daughter and looking after elderly and disabled people together with her twin, Rukhsana was re-married and has five children. Itrat works for the post office and is married with six children.

 

28. MICKEY ON A HIGHWAY


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Meet the iron man not literally though, the man who kept adrenaline rush over his life, the rider himself, ” STEEL STEVE”. Steve Osborn, A rider in the 80s, an artist today. Catastrophically, Steve broke both of his legs not once but several times in a series of unfortunate events also known as biking accidents. He said: ‘I even carried on riding my bike with my leg in a cast!’. He has no regrets that now he uses a walking stick to get around. Osborn lives in Spalding, Lincolnshire and is married. He had four children, but his son died in 2012. Steve plays the guitar with different bands and has raised more than £20,000 for the National Association of Bikers with a Disability.

 

27. LAW & ORDER


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A policeman, David Harvey and a guy with big dreams, had a thought together on the bridge street. It’s funny how life takes turns and forces two different personalities to mix up authentically together that one can’t tell the difference. The child, Tim Goodman, with the sparkling eyes in 80 is now a successful businessman and married with 6 children. David Harvey became Chief Superintendent now retired. His son is a policeman in London.

 

26. PUNK ALERT


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Once in the 70s lives, four punks carried their style with a little funk. (R-L)John Church, Gary Beckett, Ade Lawrence, and Pippa Hodgson were pictured in Cathedral Square, flaunting pin badges. John was 15 when the picture was clicked as now he says,’The other lads were school friends and Pippa was a mutual friend. We used to hang out together and listen to punk music. I think I was about 15 and on the verge of becoming a punk.’ Now after a stretched period of time, John’s still friends with Ade and they play in a band together. Garry enjoys his life on a beach as he emigrated to Australia where he works as a project manager whereas Pipa lives in the peninsula in southwestern Europe or Spain.

 

25. LICK, TASTE, AND SMILE


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One eats the other snatches, one falls the other catches. That’s how a brother-sister relationship was back in 1981, that’s how it is today. Donna Yarnell was five years old when she was snapped with her three-year-old brother Steven enjoying ice creams in their front garden. Her family moved out of the house two years later which made the 2015’s pic brought them to the memory lane. ‘I was really surprised because the front gate was exactly the same,’ said Donna, who works in a pub, still lives in Peterborough and has four daughters. Brother Steven also lives in the city and has a son.

 

24. TASBIR’S FIRST STEP IN THE REAL WORLD


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Nothing’s easy, the reality is a brawl, you have to work hard, as nobody walks before he crawls. No job is demeaning or small teaches Tasbir. Tasbir Singh worked on a stall at the market for four years after he left school. Tasbir’s first job – Reunion, July 2016. He then worked for BT and Royal Mail, where he is today. He still lives in the city and is married with three children and four grandchildren. He said: ‘I worked on the stall from the age of 18 until I was 22. It was hard working in all weather’.

 

23. A DECADE LESS THAN HALF A CENTURY


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” A family grows in a similar way as nature does”, this is what I get looking at this beautiful picture of this family. It’s so amazing to see how people grow up and still are the same considering the innocence of their face. People grow the same way as nature does, both turning more amazing day by day, but nature never gets dull and so does the nature of a human being, it never gets dull.

 

22. SCHOOL CHIPS


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A friendship that lasts for at least seven years lasts forever and school friendships are meant to last forever. School friends Martin Coulson (left) and Andy Randall were eating chips, it was Martin’s treat as they took turns on treating each other. Good were those school days of 1983.  A lot has changed since then. The arcade from which they used to buy chips is been replaced with Wilkinsons. ‘I think it must have been a Saturday and we’d been to the chip shop. The chips were a bit like McDonald’s fries and were always good,’ said Martin, who was a warehouse manager and is currently re-training. Andy is now an engineer and is married with three children, Martin has two. ‘We were probably going around the toy shops together as we had a Scalextric track’, added Martin.

 

21. FURS AND HAIR


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Well, finding a good hairdresser is like finding an oasis in a dessert. Sandra Burford, dressed in a furry jacket, heading to have her hair dressed once again. Sandra said: ‘I used to go there occasionally to have my hair cut by the apprentice because it worked out a bit cheaper.’ Sandra used to work at a Hotpoint factory but now retired. She is widowed and has a daughter and three grandsons. Time has changed and the hairdresser changes possession with Toni and Guy

 

20. HUBBA BUBBA


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Usually, siblings have a thing; this thing is special and different for all the pair of siblings. I and my sister used to have a thing for Oreo, she used to dunk it and I didn’t. Here, sisters Anna (left) and Emma Hankins posed for a picture blowing bubbles with Hubba Bubba bubblegum in Bridge Street. Waiting for their mother, both used to have a bubble competition, to see whose bubble bursts first. The siblings went on the same paths of a career as the hairdressers and got married. They still live in Peterborough and see each other regularly. Anna now works in a pharmacy and Emma works for the Ideal World shopping channel. ‘It was hard trying to blow bubbles again after such a long time and took quite a few tries,’ said Anna.

 

19. ICE CREAM TO PASTA SAUCE


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People find happiness in different things; be that food, shopping or travel. But Genesio Borillo had different plans; he used to sell happiness, a Gino cone of happiness, a cone of ice cream. Genesio (Gino) Borrillo bought an ice cream van when he moved to Peterborough from Italy and traveled around the city in the summer selling ice cream. Gino stopped his ice cream venture but never stopped selling happiness as now he runs a pasta shop in the city with his daughter. He’s married with three children and four grandchildren.

 

18. THE FRONT DOOR BOYS


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A story with ups and downs, four friends now three, one of them from the world is free. Phillip Boardman, behind him, is Stuart Beach. Martin Bridges could not come. Ricky Clarke is in the blue top, but sadly Christopher Jackson who was at the door died.

 

17. THE ROADSIDE GOLFER


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One of the many success stories you haven’t heard, Scotsman Michael Ross, or shall I say Nobby as what he was known as. He had to live on roads and bus shelter for several years after his house burnt down. Nobby was a head teacher before. Fortunately, he was given some golf clubs by a passer-by, he gave a thought about it and pursued his passion on a local course. People were astonished when they saw Nobby after many years, as they thought he died.

 

 

16. THE USUAL QUEUE


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Another usual school story for us, a great saga for John Morris, Paul Barnard and Andrew Pollard (L to R). The three hustlers were caught queueing up to use a phone at Cattle Market Road. The three musketeers used to cycle around the town on their bikes. Time has changed, the spot that was used to exchange feelings on phone is now used as an ATM. John works locally as a plumber, is married and has two children. Paul, took the less taken road and works for a motor racing team and travels the globe and is married with two children. Andrew, a window cleaner met his wife in Benidorm on an 18 to 30s holiday and moved to her home county of Essex so lost touch with the others. He said: ‘I hadn’t seen them for around 32 years – it was great to meet up again’.

 

15. THE HAPPY BUTCHER


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Another hustler, Richard Price, started working straight after leaving his school. He started work at the butchers and is pictured here selling meat outside the shop when he was about 17. After about 35 years, He still lives in the city and works as an entertainer. The butcher’s shop became a cafe.

 

14. I LIKE MILK


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Well here’s an unpopular opinion, a girl who liked drinking milk. Layla Gordon here is pictured drinking her daily bottle of milk at Queens Drive Infants School. She is now a housewife, with a long-term partner and two children and still lives in Peterborough. ‘I still like milk but sadly it’s not free anymore,’ she joked.

 

13. GLADSTONE STREET


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The streets changes but their bond didn’t. The four men were delighted to pose together again for the reunion picture. The Gladstone street has changed. ‘I dressed like that for about four years and my family always grumbled that I was taking too long in the bathroom,’ says Mr. Medler, 47, who is married with three children. ‘It was surreal retracing our steps.’

 

12. THE MUSICIAN


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The artist who kept entertaining people of Peterborough for about 35 years. Neil wandered around Peterborough town center and played the flute outside the Co-op bank in Westgate. It’s a shame that talent like this goes unrecognized. Even after these many years, Neil was unable to have a look at this book till several months.

 

11. THE BANANA LADY


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It takes 21 days to build a habit, 90 days to build a lifestyle. Eating bananas can be the healthiest habit eventually. The lady was snapped buying bananas and 40 years later had a reunion. Porsz here makes even banana shopping pleasant.

 

10. LIFE IN A STAR LANE


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It feels replenishing when you visit a place you have been before and have memories attached to it, well Sisters Maria (left) and Annamarie Plavecz got to feel that moment when they have photographed in Star Road again after almost 30 years. In 2014 the siblings, who have a Hungarian father, both now work as carers.

 

9. DENIM JACKET TO POLO TEE


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Time can change one’s style, looks or body but can never change one what’s inside one’s soul. Xenia Gordon was clicked in 83, rocking a funky outfit and jumping to 2011, the funky fashionista has died from the outside but the soul can lever let that go. Gordon rocking the same poses after 28 years.

 

8. THE TALBOT’S AND THE DOGGO


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What makes a family? Parents? Children? Grandparents? None of the above, love is what it takes to make a beautiful family. Trudi and Dave Talbot snapped with their doggo Bosco who caught Porsz clicking them. Well, unfortunately, Bosco died but even after 30 years the Talbot’s are a loving family and have a pit bull named Oscar.

 

7. THE TWIN DRESSERS


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Another friendship saga, another friendship tale, a bon voyage and forever together they sailed. Ian Medler and Peter Yates(r) have been buddies since childhood. They could easily be called outfit buddies wearing the same style every time, be it the 80s or 30 years later in 2010, rocking the streets of Peterborough.

 

6. PUNK COUPLE


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Hair dyed, jackets tore, a bottle of beer in hand, that’s how it was for that while. Punks Dog and Tina Tarr used to carry their punk personality with style. They were pictured near the Cathedral in Peterborough when Tina was 18. The couple chose the travel life and left the city in the 1990s. They have twins, but the marriage broke. Tina now lives in Dorset and makes willow products and hosts weaving workshops. Dog does hedge laying and gardening and lives in South West Wales. “I remember the photo being taken, it was a brilliant time. I had various styles of punk hair for quite a few years,” said Tina. Dog added: “They were good times, I still had hair then”.

 

5. THE RUN FOR A BET


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Hands in the jacket, roads were wet, five friends running together, I guess for some bet. Andy, who has been married for 21 years and has a daughter, said: ‘I remember playing the arcade game Phoenix, which involved birds hatching out of eggs.’ Andy went into the Army after leaving school and drove trucks in the Transport Corps. He left in 1987 and has been working for the Royal Mail in Werrington, near Peterborough, ever since. Richard is now an electrician in Peterborough and is married with two boys. He said: ‘There were only about 70 of us in our school year and we were all really close. They were happy times.’ Tony James works as a stone cutter and has two children; Aaron works at Ikea and is married with three boys. Devinder moved to Yorkshire in 1986 and is married with two boys and works for the Housing Association. They’ve organized a school reunion and plan to keep in touch.

 

4. TOO PINK, TOO PIZZA


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Another punk, another tale and if we talk about guys with pink hair, Badger Farce is the whale. Punk Badger Farcue can still remember winning the Pizza Eating Competition in Cathedral Square. The contest was organized by Stefan Malajny, who ran the Papa Luigi pizza restaurant. Stefan said: ‘I remember Badger managed to eat his pizza in about two minutes, which was very fast.’ Badger was 20 at the time of the contest and worked as a laborer, building dry stone walls. He said: ‘My friends encouraged me to enter and we had to try and eat a 12-inch cheese and tomato pizza as quickly as possible. I won and got a round of applause and the front page of a local paper.’ Badger, who has five children, moved to Somerset in 1991 and now tarmacs roads.

 

3. THE DIAMOND LADY


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Behind the diamonds, behind the gold, a lady who’s a bit shy can never get old. Vicki Gracey (nee Frost) worked as a sales assistant at a jewelry store in Queensgate Shopping Centre for two years. The first picture was clicked in 1990 and the next one after 25 years. It’s surprising that some people turn old but never look old. Vicki has since had jobs behind bars, in retail, hairdressing, and restaurants and currently deals with tenancy sustainability. She still lives in the city and is married with two children. ‘I’m a people person and I’ve always had jobs which involve working with the public,’ she said.

 

2. SANDWICHES TO BURGERS


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Sandwiches changed to burgers, girls changed to ladies. Under the Guildhall, Cathedral Square. Penny, three sisters Sarah, Louise, Carole, and Juliette. In the reunion photo Alison (last on the right) took the place of her sister Juliette who sadly died.

 

1. COUNTY GIRLS


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Sandra Williams, Carmen Chin and Maureen Mayers were friends from County Grammar School but lost touch over the years and the school was converted into sheltered housing in 1985. ‘Carmen was my best friend and lived in my road, so we were always together,’ said Sandra, who is now married with four children and a step-daughter and works as a passenger assistant for disabled children and in a coffee shop. Carmen, who is married with four children and now lives in Lincolnshire, where she has a small holding said: ‘I think we were the first year to go to the grammar school after it changed from being comprehensive.’ Maureen, who still lives in Peterborough and has four children, had broken her right arm when the photo was taken and hid it behind her back. She said: ‘We’d had freezing cold weather and we were playing tag and I slipped over on the ice’.

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