Ghosts of WWII: Sergey Larenkov's Photoshopped historic photos blend past with present


14 Responses to “Ghosts of WWII: Sergey Larenkov's Photoshopped historic photos blend past with present”

  1. C White says:

    A simple, strong idea, well executed.

  2. franko says:

    i don’t recall where i read this (maybe here at BB??), but you can do the same for your own cities and with your own photos at

    i love this idea, and i never get tired of these, no matter who does it. it sure helps bring history alive.

  3. pato pal ur says:

    pretty sure this was on the submitterator a day or two ago

    • Antinous / Moderator says:


      • imag says:


        I do find with the submitterator that I’m getting confused about where I read what. I’m used to reading down the front page until I get to an article I’ve read before. Except that now there still may be articles below that which I haven’t read.

        Do love that submitterator though…

  4. Spencer Cross says:

    It was on BB before:

    But the link in that article didn’t have any English explanation which makes this one much more useful.

  5. rhooke says:

    I guess I’m just a photoshop snob but I found the execution pretty clumsy. Well, the final execution (blending, comping, positioning)…

    …which is a shame because I’m sure that finding the same position and focal length and etc would be very difficult, and the amount of other required research and time and trial and error must have been substantial!

  6. Astragali says:

    Xeni, thanks for posting that. To me, there’s something eerie and haunting about those pictures, and I’m glad for the chance to have seen them.

  7. Teapunk says:

    Having lived both in Berlin and Vienna, I find these images especially haunting. Like ghosts, but none whose visits you might enjoy. They’ll probably haunt me all day long.

  8. Paranerd says:

    This would make a very cool layer for Google Earth, especially if others contributed outside of Sergey’s area.

  9. Branfeast says:

    Leningrad, the image with those little kids got me. Seeing little ones that young in such a setting terrified me.

    I need a unicron chaser.

  10. Anonymous says:

    @ franko:
    depends on the city, though. my hometown got so bombed in WW2, the main road today was just the first path in the rubble that english tanks cleared after the invasion (the town was just unlucky to be rather close to a big railway hub – bombers got so scared by the flak that they dropped their load early on the small town. or they had some left and dropped it on the way back).

    this technique would have its benefits in projects like this too (i think it was on BB as well):

    about old train stations in the US. how they looked and how the places look today.

    did someone give it a shot in portraits? i mean young and old?

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