Borgund Stave Church 2004

Looking back – Changing landscapes

In an age of constant change, where the old gives way for the new at an ever increasing pace, it is reassuring to see that some things remain constant.

In a joint project titled ‘Tilbakeblikk’ (Looking back) the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute and Norsk Folkemuseum have curated a series of photographs from Norway, combining old photographs of locations around the country with recent images taken from the same viewpoint.

The project seeks to illustrate the changing landscape. In some cases, the transformation between then and now is striking. Other locations are more or less identical today as they were a hundred years ago.

Alan Taylor of the Atlantic has put together a selection of photographs from the series to enjoy.

 

Swimmers in Ingierstrand 1947

1947 Swimmers on Ingierstrand | Copyright Oscar Puschmann / Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, Anders Beer Wilse & Axel Lindahl / Norsk Folkemuseum

Swimmers in Ingierstrand 2006

2006 Swimmers on Ingierstrand | Copyright Oscar Puschmann / Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, Anders Beer Wilse & Axel Lindahl / Norsk Folkemuseum

Borgund Stave Church 1902

Borgund Stave Church 1902 | Copyright Oscar Puschmann / Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, Anders Beer Wilse & Axel Lindahl / Norsk Folkemuseum

Borgund Stave Church 2004

Borgund Stave Church 2004 | Copyright Oscar Puschmann / Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, Anders Beer Wilse & Axel Lindahl / Norsk Folkemuseum

It’s reassuring to know that some things stay the same – people still enjoy going to the beach on a hot summers day – and Norwegian heritage is being preserved for future generations to enjoy.

The Tilbakeblikk photo collection is updated regularly, so don’t forget to visit and check for updates!

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