In the 70s, 80s, and 90s, street photographer Chris Porsz spent a lot of his time walking around the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (in Great Britain). On his walks, he captured hundreds of amazing characters. Now, after almost 40 years, Porsz went on a mission to track down those same people he photographed all those decades ago. He wanted to recreate their photos.
Amazingly, he managed to find many of them. He chose to use the same locations, capturing everyone from policemen to punks to lovers to family members. He has gathered all the photos and put them in a book called Reunions, in which writer Jo Riley tells the stories of the people in the photos.
These two punk lovers are named Tina Tarr and Dog (yes, Dog). They were pictured near the Cathedral in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire when Tina was 18 years old. The two left the city in the 90s and traveled the world. They have twins, but the couple is no longer together.
Tina now lives in Dorset and makes a living by making willow products and hosts weaving workshops. As for Dog, he does hedge laying and gardening in South West Wales, where he also lives. “I remember the photo being taken, it was a brilliant time. I had various styles of punk hair for quite a few years,” said Tina. Dog said: “They were good times, I still had hair then.”
Here’s one for the romantics. Tony Wilmot was captured saying goodbye to his then-girlfriend Sally at the Peterborough Railway Station in 1980. The following year, they got married. Tony was only 22 at the time and working in Essex as a teacher. Sally was 21 and worked in Stafford as a local government officer.
On this day, they met up in Peterborough but had no idea that the photo was even taken. It popped up over 30 years later in a local newspaper, the Peterborough Evening Telegraph. It was seen by Tony’s father. The couple, who are now both teachers and live in Lichfield, Staffordshire, have two kids, Tom and Jenny, who are in their 20s now.
Andy, a married man for 21 years with a daughter, said: “I remember playing the arcade game Phoenix, which involved birds hatching out of eggs.” Andy went into the Army after dropping out of school and driving trucks in the Transport Corps. He left in 1987 and has worked for the Royal Mail in Werrington ever since.
Richard is now an electrician in and is married with two boys. He said: “There were only about 70 of us in our school year and we were all really close. They were happy times.” Tony James is a stone cutter and has two kids. Aaron works at Ikea and is married with three boys. Then there’s Devinder, who moved to Yorkshire in 1986 and is married with two boys, working for the Housing Association.