Photographer Sergey Larenkov combined photos of modern St. Petersburg and the 1940’s Leningrad under the Nazi blockade to show what residents of the besieged city went through.
Sergey Larenkov, author of the “Link of the times” project: “Initially, I collected old postcards with the views of St. Petersburg and combined them with the city’s modern outlook. Around 5 years ago I thought of a project to show what our ancestors had gone through during the city’s siege. I myself was surprised by this combination, with such striking pictures.
First of all, I find an interesting archive photo – an old one. Then – if a picture is found – I look for the spot where it was taken. I go there and look at it. Sometimes a shhoting point has to be accurate to a centimeter. I take a series of shots, and then choose the best ones.
At home, I process my pictures on a computer – combining the old and the new. I use a wide-scope lens, that’s why the old picture fits within the new one – sort of opening a window into the past”.