VSL// The ultimate photographic time machine

No matter how much you might read about history, sometimes seeing a picture really is worth a thousand words. Take the haunting and beautiful photographs by Sergey Larenkov, which manage to bring the past into the present day.

Sergey uses a technique called computational rephotography, which is a much fancier way of saying he combines vintage and contemporary photographs of the same precise location. His photographs, focusing on the World War II era, are both spooky and stunning: A black-and-white ghost bus rides beside its modern counterpart; Soviet soldiers at the Imperial Palace Hoffburg in 1945 stride next to a sunny parking lot in 2010. It brings new meaning to “historical perspective.”

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