Like Keith Jones, Bob Edwards and several others I work on a lot of then and now photos, in fact they formed the basis of my two books about the blitz. All of those in my books were side by side comparisons, but I’ve recently been working on this type. I call them ghost photos, where the modern and wartime photograph has been merged together to form one composite image. They’re harder to do, because you have to get almost exactly the same position and angle as the original photographer, but when they work out they often help visualise the past much better than any other format.
This particular shot is still a bit of a work in progress, but gives some idea of what the finished product looks like. It shows a trio of cars in Coperras Hill damaged during an air raid on the city. The building behind is Liverpool’s famous Adelphi Hotel