(Featured) photos

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1. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5674 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I noticed some pictures, well a lot actually, uploaded by someone but they are pictures taken by his grandfather. They are beautiful pictures, I must admit, and several are featured. But isn't this a bit strange, the pictures are taken somewhere in the '30's...in Congo (DRC). I don't have real problems with this, but it feels a bit strange to see pictures of people or buildings which doesn't respresent the Congo of today. That's all.
Are there any rules for this?

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 3, 2007, at 7:19 AM by Utrecht ]

2. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

There's no rule about how old or new a photo has to be, as long as you're the rightful owner to that, or you've been given permission to upload it.

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

You are right, Michael, they are lovely pictures. The member has given credit to his grandfather for taking them so no issue there. I personally like them because they give a sense of history about the Congo at that time. I did a search of photography under Republic of Congo and the older photographs are intermingled with modern day ones. It's an interesting comparison of then and now.

Honestly, travel isn't just about the here and now, but also about learning the history of an area or country. I see the pictures as being similar to visiting ruins or historical places when one is on the road, so to speak. (I think of it as TP's version of National Geographic's back issues - way back issues.)

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5674 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks both! I am with you, it is good opportunity of getting to know something more about historical photography and I like that last page of the NG as well, one of my favourite topics, although only one photo at a time usually

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 6632 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Yeah, I know they all came kind of at once, but I think the photos were interesting enough to still warrant featuring - even if they were from a different era. The member actually contacted me prior to uploading to ask me to make it possible to allow for older dates in the upload form ;) Still have to do that!!

They won't be on the front page for very long (only a couple of days probably) and after that they will sit relatively nicely in the gallery imo. I found them fascinating images!