Ever wondered what Cape Town might have looked like 60 years ago?
We were interested to see if anyone had made a video comparing Cape Town now to 50+ years ago. Strangely we didn’t come across much vintage footage of the Mother City except for this video of Cape Town shot in 1954. I did however come across a video comparing London now to as it was in 1927. This inspired us to do the same for The Mother City, Cape Town.
I waited for partly-cloudy day and went out to re-create the shots, using a Canon 600D and a combination of a 18-55mm kit lens and a 50mm 1.8 lens.
Some screenshots from the video:
The founding father’s statue was a bit tricky to film because of the palm trees that have shot up at the lower end of Adderley Street.
The changing face of transport in Cape Town is evident in these snaps of old double decker buses on the corner of Strand and Adderley Street, and the modern MyCiti buses of today.
Very little has changed on the corner where Wale meets Adderley.
The houses of Parliament have had a new lick of paint.
Camps Bay remains one of Cape Town’s premiere sea-view living destinations
The iconic Winchester Mansions are still around in all it’s glory.
The V&A Waterfront has developed over the last 60 years and is now one of South Africa’s most visited tourist attractions.