Photographic society recreate group’s oldest photo

Sheffield Photographic Society
Sheffield Photographic Society

The backdrop is the same and the pose is similar, although the dress has changed considerably ...

Members of Sheffield Photographic Society returned to Roche Abbey near Maltby to recreate their oldest image.

Sheffield Photographic Society at Roche Abbey

Sheffield Photographic Society at Roche Abbey

Taken in 1865, it is thought to be from the first outing of the society, which had been formed the previous year.

Now the photo - the oldest in the possession of the society - has been updated so it can form part of an exhibition celebrating the group being formed 150 years ago.

The exhibition will be staged in the Anglican Cathedral in July.

Mike Smith, society president for 2014/15, said: “This is an exciting year as we are one of a few societies in the world who have marked their 150th year. “Recreating the original photograph marked the start of the anniversary and following in the footsteps of our founders gave us all a real sense of occasion.

“This is just one of the many contrasting images from as far back as 1865 which will be shown in the “Now and Then” Exhibition to be held at the Cathedral in July.

“Just as the recreation of this image, it is amazing to see how times have changed throughout the decades, which will be reflected in the exhibition.”

Sheffield is one of the oldest photographic societies in the world, with 100 members, meeting on Tuesday evenings from September to May, with a programme that covers speakers, competitions, informal outings and walks during the summer.