TWO PHOTOS, THREE BROTHERS, 21 YEARS APART
WHILE the drought has brought little joy to those in the Burrendong Dam area, it has allowed one local family to recreate a childhood memory from 21 years ago.
Proud grandfather and Dubbo Photo News reader, Geoff Attwell, sent these two images in of his three grandsons, Matt, Cameron and Bradley Vicary, standing alongside an old steam engine at the bottom of Burrendong Dam two decades apart.
The photo on the left was taken during the 1998 drought, while the one on the right was taken last weekend.
“We have had that original 1998 photo hanging on the wall in our loungeroom for 21 years,” Mr Attwell said.
“Over the years, we’ve watched our grandsons grow up and knowing that the dam had gone down, everyone was saying, ‘You should recreate that photo.’”
But what Mr Attwell was most impressed with was his grandsons’ attention to detail.
“What was good about it, I thought, was the boys all arranged to get together on the Saturday, unknown to their parents, and they went and bought the closest new clothes to the ones they are wearing in the original photo,” he said.
“They then went down to Burrendong with their father... I wasn’t there, but I can imagine their father would have had the original photo in one hand and his camera in the other and saying ‘no, move it this way, move your arm there’!
“If you look closely, they’ve got their arms and hands almost in exactly the same spot.”