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Then and now: amazing images showing Diss past and present

PUBLISHED: 16:01 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:01 19 July 2018

Diss sign and Mere Street then and now. Photo: Jeordy Lawrence

Diss sign and Mere Street then and now. Photo: Jeordy Lawrence

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Time passes and things change, but sometimes things stay the same too.

Today's Aldi store in Diss and how it was. Photo: Jeordy LawrenceToday's Aldi store in Diss and how it was. Photo: Jeordy Lawrence

Offering a fascinating glimpse into the past these amazing photographs reveal how Diss has changed over the decades, but also showing how much has also remained.

Freelance photographer Jeordy Lawrence used archive photographs of locations in the town centre as his starting point, returning to the same location to take a picture of how they look now.

He said: “I love taking photos that the community will enjoy because it gives them a new insight on what Diss used to be.

Diss Mere Street than and now. Photo: Jeordy LawrenceDiss Mere Street than and now. Photo: Jeordy Lawrence

“As far as I know, the original black and white images date back as far as 1900, which is rather incredible when you look at the town now and you’re able to see the same structures.”

The process of creating a split image of then and now was trickier than you might imagine.

“Lining them up was a challenge, because the camera equipment back then would have been completely different to what I’m using,” he said.

Sops on Diss Mere Street then and now. Photo: Jeordy LawrenceSops on Diss Mere Street then and now. Photo: Jeordy Lawrence

“Also, the places the original photography’s stood could have been completely different from where I was, but I feel that what I did matched up relatively well for my first attempt!

“A lot of the magic happened in post-production when I sat down at my computer and figured out where they lined up. The results came out better than I expected.”

Mr Lawrence plans to create more of the images.

“My next project based around this theme is to go and take the same pictures but of historic pubs in Diss, since we have a few and I’m sure people would enjoy that just as much,” he said. “It would be amazing if I could find some photos of buildings with people in them from the 1900s to try the same photography, but sadly I think it’s too far out of reach. I’ll still try though!”

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