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World War II Photoshop 'Ghosts'

World War II Photoshop 'Ghosts' - The past clashes with the present in a new series of images created by a Russian photographer.

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Photo by Sergey Larenkov
© Sergey Larenkov.

Photographer Sergey Larenkov has combined new photos taken in Berlin, Vienna and Prague with shots of the same places taken during WWII to create a collection of images that are both interesting and a little eerie. Sergey, who collects postcards and photos from the 18th and 19th century, begin creating these military themed shots around three years ago and it takes around two days to complete one collage.

"First, I need to find the exact place where the photograph from the war was taken," said Sergey. "Then I take several photos and combine the old and new shots on my home computer. I then put them on the internet."

His shots of tanks merged with tourists and bombed buildings sat alongside new houses and modern cars are receiving around 10 comments a day from people who are fascinated with what Sergey is creating. If you want to view more of Sergey's work, take a look at his blog: sergey_larenkov.
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adrian2208 14 254 United Kingdom
19 May 2011 1:09PM
what a great idea, gets my mind into creative mode Grin

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User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
21 May 2011 6:17PM
Powerful stuff!! (Click the link at the foot of the article above to select the location of choice from those offered. Mine is Berlin).
davey_griffo 9 213 165 England
7 Sep 2011 12:26PM
It took 2 days to create that? Any half-decent photoshopper should be able to create this in a few minutes.

The other thing that occured to me is that there isn't enough of the old photo shown. It could have been taken anywhere. There's not enough photo around the people & tank to conclusively place it there.

Personally, I think it's a waste of his time & effort, & think then & now shots shown side by side would be far more informative & worthwhile.

Thumbs down from me, I'm afraid.
Zelda 11 New Zealand
20 Aug 2015 12:27AM
I think Sergei has made the images very well. Like ghosts from the past, they invoke memories of visit to Moscow & St.Petersberg during communist reign.

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