Russian photographer Sergey Larenkov took some old photographs from World War II and combined them with new perspective-matching photos. The result are a series of time portals that help us contextualise the war into our current reality.
The technique is very simple, but clever and effective, giving some eerie results like the one above: Legendary Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov – then commander of the Red Army’s 1st Belorussian Front – at the stairs of the Reichstag, after taking Berlin in 1945. He’s surrounded by some of his lieutenants and a bunch of tourists.
Here is a group of Soviet soldiers walking by a damaged Imperial Palace Hoffburg, in Vienna, Austria, kicking the rubble in between shiny Audis, Volkswagens, and Volvos:
Watch the gallery for scenes from all over Europe, including Saint Petersburg (then Leningrad):
So simple, yet so clever and effective. [Sergey Larenkov – Thanks Steve!]