Retro: Out with the old, in with the new

A photographer has used clever techniques to show the hidden past of Wellingborough.

Sadie May, a photography student at Birmingham University, used Photoshop to create the collage-style images of her home town.

Silver Street, Wellingborough NNL-140515-110441001

Silver Street, Wellingborough NNL-140515-110441001

The 20-year-old, who is in the last year of her BA course, grew up in Wellingborough and went to Wrenn School.

Her photos, part of her final year project, show old black and white images merged with modern-day photos.

They show a range of important locations in the town including the former zoo and the Embankment.

She also found pictures of Whitworth’s Mill being evacuated during the Second World War.

Sadie, who lives at home with parents Belinda and Gerald in Colwell Road, said: “I started taking photos in sixth form.

“I used old black and white photos posted online by other people and sourced some of them from Wellingborough museum.

“Some of the stories behind the photos were really interesting.

“I found out about a statue stolen from Swanspool House in the 1950s.”

The project is called Praeterita, which means the past.

Sadie describes her project on her website, saying: “The town has been subjected to many alterations, resulting in the loss of a large amount of the town’s history and character.

“This series attempts to regenerate these losses, and give a sense of what once existed within today’s environment.”

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