In 1953, 1983 and 2013, the BBC filmed the same train on its way from London to Brighton and synchronized them in this hypnotic video.
The poetry of the vehicle: synchronized video of the same train in different periods /
There are times when technology can show us things that would be impossible to see otherwise. It can help us travel in time, see the past and its light, see the contrast of an event that took place many years ago and which again takes place in the present moment. In 1953, the BBC filmed a train journey from London to Brighton and compressed it into four minutes. 30 years afterwards, in 1983, they filmed the exact same journey; they did so once again in 2013.
The video shows us the three journeys, side by side. The videos are perfectly synchronized so that we can clearly discern how the landscape has changed (as well as the quality and colors of the format), and the elements that remain unchanged. Undoubtedly, the most evident contrast is the people who get on and off the train in these two stations, and some structures that are now missing along the journey to Brighton.
Indubitably, trains from the Fifties have something that evokes a sense of nostalgia or a combination of romanticism and love for the most aesthetic land vehicle of all, which has inspired innumerable folk and blues songs. To see one of these evolve over time is poetic, and it also has an alluring technological edge. The BBC’s project is simple, but it infuses in its assembly a great deal of mixed emotions.Tagged: trains, trips and travelers, England