Ghostscapes - then & now

Friday, April 08, 2011
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I don't know what this style of photographic manipulation is, so I've coined my own term -- Ghostscapes. They're done by meticulously merging an old photo with a new photo shot from the exact same angle. 

The result are street scenes that show pedestrians of both eras who seemingly mingle as they go about their business while at the same time not being aware of each other. 

Above we see a person of the present walking towards a pile of ghost corpses. I wonder if he realizes the street was once strewn with the dead?  

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Sergey Larenkov is perhaps the photographer best known for this technique. His pictures primarily feature scenes of WWII mixed with the present. Being a Russian, his pictures are mainly of the war in the East. 

Above some soldiers cautiously approach a subway entrance as an oblivious future dog wanders past the two.

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Jo Teeuwisse has done the same with pictures of Amsterdam. Above is a very striking and complex composite of people from two eras out for a stroll on a shared street.     

I've included a few more of their pictures after the jump, and of course more can be seen at their websites as well as at Ned Hardy's post 114 Pictures Of The Past Meeting The Present (which is where the first picture in the post came from).



Jo Teeuwisse - click to enlarge
Sergey Larenkov - click to enlarge
Sergey Larenkov - click to enlarge
Sergey Larenkov - click to enlarge
Sergey Larenkov - click to enlarge





2 comments:

KurtP said...

Ghostscape is as good of a name as any.
I like them and appreciate how hard it must be to get just the exact right angle.

ambisinistral said...

Yea, i can't imagine how they ever line the shot up again.