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First published: 24 November 2016, 19:36 IST
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No matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away - Haruki Murakami
Meet the photographer who recreated the memories; caught in his camera some four decades ago. Merging together expertly shot photographs, Chris Porsz has spent the last few years tracking down some of the most memorable characters who appeared in his early work and photographing them again, often at the same location.
In the late 1970s and 1980s, Porsz, an enterprising paramedic based out of Peterborough, Cambridgeshrine in eastern England, amused himself by taking pictures of local citizens and the series of photographs included young lovers, cheerful punks, children at play, working people making their way through the day, a group of lads playing in a derelict house and many other photos.
Time passed. The people photographed by Porsz moved on, but eventually he decided to track his subjects and recreate the scenes. He dedicated countless hours in tracking and persuading them to pose for the same pictures he took so many years back.
The result of the project is Reunions, a unique book comprising 135 reunions, recreating the portraits as well as getting an update on their lives since. It is effectively a collection of their life stories and a valuable social record of constantly changing cities as well. The book includes all the photos along with blurbs about the people in the photos, text for which has been given by Jo Riley.
His Facebook post reads, "Yesterday I really enjoyed the Waterstones Reunions signing and meeting characters from my book. Thank you all so much for coming down and buying it. I am to told Reunions sold quite a few more than J K Rowling's Fantastic Beasts. To be fair though she was not there and I did do an eight hour shift!"