THEY say a photograph is a snapshot in time.
But a Wrexham father-of-two has created a series of photographs which span a whole century.
Simon Roberts has created a charity calendar showing the streets of Wrexham today merged with how they would have looked 100 years ago.
Using editing software on his computer Simon, from Caia Park, spent many hours painstakingly putting his own modern day photographs together with old photographs he found in Wrexham Museum.
He said: “I have always walked around Wrexham and wondered what it would have looked like 100 years ago, and that’s where this idea came from.
“So I started getting the old pictures from Wrexham and matching them up with images I take at the same angles.
“I would say it takes up to three hours per image.
“I don’t have a professional camera or anything, I just do it as a hobby.”
So far 27-year-old Simon has photographed Town Hill, Brook Street, Hope Street and High Street, blending in historic images from the early 20th centrury with his own up-to-date photographs.
He got the idea for a charity calendar after responses to his work on Facebook showed that people would be willing to buy the images.
Simon, who works as a customer service advisor at a telephone answering service, said: “I have struggled myself in the past and now I’m comfortable so I want to give something to charity, especially to help those who might be alone or unhappy at Christmas.”
The calendars will sell for £7.50 each, with the money going to three charities – the Wrexham Carers Trust, the Salvation Army and a local children’s charity which has yet to be confirmed.
So far Simon said he has already got 60 pre-ordered calendars, which he hopes to get into circulation around shop, pubs and stall in the town in the coming weeks.
Anyone who would like to order a copy of the calendar can email Simon on simonjroberts1986 @gmail.com