I saw this linked on another side, and my own reaction was pretty much
In short, it's a Russian photographer who takes photos from World War 2 and carefully interegrate them into photos of the same locations as they look today. The effect is quite impressive, especially in the Reichstag/Bundestag photos.
Indeed. In fact inside the Reichstag during the restauration some old drawings by russian soldiers were found and preserved.
Unfortunately most cities of Germany were not rebuild nicely, one reason was that after the war many cities weren't rebuild according to the old plans, but rather according to new urban concepts like "car friendly cities" (Autogerechte Stadt). Many times those old houses not being destroyed in the war were destroyed after the war. Thus cities like Cologne, Hanover and Mannheim are not really beautiful today, and only recently it is tried to replace some of the cheap architecture of the 1950s with something more interesting.
Berlin is special, because it was rebuilt Soviet - Style in the East, Western Style in the west, and in fact a lot of old buidlings survived until the 1990s in order to be restored then. This makes the city very interesting.
I think sometimes we should acknowledge the hard work many people in Europe did in the years after the war in order to bring the European countries back to normality. Without the ERP programme of the US, it would have been much harder.
I walked the city a bit on my first visit in 1993. Having grown up in some ways living in a vivid imaginary world of the great battles between the soviets and German armies; I was able to imagine the city in those times. My mother was a history study so being home schooled my reading regiment was allot of WWII history. I am not a scholar and am limited on my retaining power ..but as I walked about in Berlin I was able to imagine scenes like the photographer shows in these pictures.
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waterpolodan From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1649 posts, RR: 5 Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 6 hours ago) and read 1584 times:
Brilliant work by that guy. It must have taken him forever for each of those photos to figure out exactly where it was taken in '44 or '45 and then get a photo that matches the angles of the original camera perfectly. He probably took dozens of photos from each location before he lined it up just right. Great work blending the images, some of them are particularly haunting like this image of bodies strewn across the ground where people now quietly go about their business- http://pics.livejournal.com/sergey_larenkov/pic/0000eww5/s320x240
dxing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (3 years 4 months 5 hours ago) and read 1565 times:
That is a neat link and it looks as if there are a fair amount of people that are trying to do the same thing on different levels. There was a program on NGC no so long ago about the San Francisco earthquake and they did something similar transposing from a shot of what the city looked like in a particular area right before the earthquake in 1906, then right after, to what it looks like today. Amazing how areas that were totally destroyed have been built on again.
Same with the pictures from Berlin. No longer do you have to imagine the destruction as it relates to today, this gentleman is making the leap for us.