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Gabriele Basilico | Ault, France | 1985 (L); 2011 (R) | by Pete Sieger
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Gabriele Basilico | Ault, France | 1985 (L); 2011 (R)

Urban/Civic Sites


Ault, France

Then & Now: Corner of Rue de la Peche & Rue de Saint-Valery

In homage to Architectural Photographer Gabriele Basilico - one of my heroes - recently deceased


Left: Street view as seen and photographed by Basilico in 1985


Right: Screen capture of Google street view taken 26 years later in 2011.


About his experience in 1985, Basilico said: "An old fashioned shop sign caught my eye and became the centre of interest in a space that struck me as magical and comforting. In the background, between buildings that make a harmonious composition, can be seen the sea, as flat as in a painting, a subtle invitation to escape."


Basilico said it so well in both words and imagery. I find his description compelling in both respects (love this image). By comparison though this location, as shown in 2011, has apparently lost much of the charm that caught Basilico's eye in 1985. Sad how improvements made with best intentions can actually degrade a place in time. Or, is it simply that the light, Basilico's timing and his rendering, makes all the difference? No doubt, both.

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Taken on February 24, 2013