Jonker Street, then and now. Photo: Baka Yii.
Jonker Street, then and now. Photo: Baka Yii.

Ever wondered how much of a city stays the same, and how much changes, over time? A new photo project in Malacca aims to let people find out, with the help of an innovative smartphone app.

New/Old Malacca is a photo campaign that began back in September 2014. The team behind the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, Malaysian Heritage & History Club and  developed an app called Timera. The app contains photos of old Malacca and as you walk through the town, you’ll be able to see what the historic city used to look like against present time, and even snap a new photo.

The result? Photographs that superimpose the present onto the past. Think double exposure photographs. The creators hope that Timera will showcase the rich heritage and identity of the city, part of which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Timera is available on both Google Play and the iTunes Store. Create your own past-present photos of Malacca and upload them on www.facebook.com/newoldmalacca or hashtag them #newoldmalacca. The 30 best photos will be selected for an upcoming photo exhibition scheduled for February 2015.

 Rathika Sheila

Photo by Celine Tiu Hwee.
Photo by Celine Tiu Hwee at Chen River.
Photo by Baka Yii.
Photo by Baka Yii.
Photo by Bert Tan.
Photo by Bert Tan.
Photo by Celine Tie Hwee Chen.
Photo by Celine Tie Hwee Chen.
Photo by Abbe Seow.
Photo by Abbe Seow.

Photos courtesy of New/Old Malacca.

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