An article by Chris & Connie.
The location for today’s then and now shoot is Crescent Heights High School in Calgary. The old photo used (from about the 1960s) comes in from an associate and shows a group of students participating in some sort of demonstration in front of the building’s main entrance. On our visit things were a bit quieter and no protesters were seen.
The then photo was supplied by a friend at the Calgary Board of Education. Thanks Evelyn, it’s great! It came with no accompanying information as I guess there is none – the file we’re told was blank. It’s just a photo with no notes or other data attached. We don’t know the year it was shot (but can guess), the photographer or even specifics of what exactly is happening in the scene. Nothing! Oh well…
Guessing the date of the photo seems easy enough – the style of dress suggests it’s from the mid to late-1960s. We’re pretty confident about that.
Just what is being protested is a bit unclear. We can easily read much of what’s seen on the large sign, but the message seems a bit odd and cryptic and does little to lessen the mystery of what exactly is happening. As best as we make out it reads: “Don’t Mind $ For Social St. But What Do Union Do?” Just what the heck does that mean? Regardless, the person holding the sign seems quite passionate about his feelings. He was captured mid-shout. Down with this! Up with that! We’re not sure what he’s saying, but he’s doing it loud!
The people seen, save for one or two, are all male. Not sure if that’s significant or not.
If any of our readers were at this protest or even know about it, we’d sure love to hear from you. We’re curious as heck to know what’s going on.
The trees have grown up a lot since the old photo was captured. They’re huge now! The fence has changed somewhat, but it’s instantly recognizable. The section of the building seen in back is the gym and is much higher today (the school has been renovated and added to over the years). Just to the right in both scenes is the main entrance.
Crescent Heights High School was built in the 1920s. Enrollment is close to a couple thousand students covering grades ten through twelve.
The community where it stands dates back a hundred years or so and is one of Calgary’s longer established neighborhoods. It’s on a high bluff across the Bow River, just north of downtown core.
The aspect ratio of the original photo was 1:1, so we did the same with our shot. Shooting square, for some reason, seemed really odd and weird to us. As is always the case, we lined up our now shot in camera using special techniques we’ve developed over the years. Post production is limited to small distortion fixes and the like and nothing major. Most of the work is done at the time the photo is captured.
The majority of then photos used by us in this ongoing series are supplied by our readers. This one was. If you have an old image you think we’d be interested in, email us. We’ll revisit the location seen, shoot a similar picture showing what things look like today and post it on this website for all the world see.
If you wish more information on what you’ve seen here, by all means contact us!
Date: November, 2015.
Location: Calgary, AB.
Article references: Calgary Board of Education.
The building exterior can be viewed and photographed from public property.