Siege of Leningrad Blockade Now and Then Photos


History has told us all but frequently we forget about the hardship experienced by generations past, especially during certain wars. However, some people have a very creative and profound way of reflecting on times gone by, presenting their take on the world in a new light. Hopefully our children and future generation will still remember that comfortable life they get is coming from bloodshed of people in the past.

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These haunting, hybrid images of past and present St Petersburg – formerly known as Leningrad – are the works of Sergei Larenkov. After studying old images of the city, Larenkov visited the same spots, capturing them on film. He then digitally superimposed the old image over new, producing these eerie and thought-provoking shots using remakable photoshop technique.

Like ghosts captured forever on film the scenes depict all too clearly a harshness that can result only from times of war. The 900-day Siege of Leningrad, also known as The Leningrad Blockade, lasted from September 9, 1941, to January 27, 1944 – just over 65 years ago – and was “one of the longest and most destructive sieges of major cities in modern history, and second most costly,” according to Wikipedia sources.

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Although the blend of the two images seems natural, it’s hard not to ignore the colorful boundary of the present and focus totally on the black and white scene of the past. Each image demands the viewer to stop and contemplate what life must have been like in Leningrad during World War II. The difference between life now and then in these moving images is distinct, and deserves the attention of an undoubtedly more privileged audience. Thumbs up!

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206 responses to “Siege of Leningrad Blockade Now and Then Photos”

  1. Very nice work!
    Although it makes u think about past and present, im getting to much distracted by the possible ‘Russian Beauty’-brides ;(

  2. Dear Aanjs,

    Those capsules are barrage balloons which were attached to cables and floated over cities to snare low flying enemy airplanes.

  3. Amazing work. I live in St Petes and drive thorugh a number of those spots regularly. I will now always see these pictures in my mind’s eye whenever passing through.

    Again, great work. You really should exhibit them publically.

  4. Great, evocative photos. Many thanks, Mr. Larenkov.

    I haven’t been in St. Pbg. for well over a decade, but I think I remember seeing signs on the walls of buildings from the war that urge the city’s residents to not be on the north side of streets during artillery shelling. Evidently, most of the German bombardment of the city came from the south and southwest, and it was safer for people to walk on the south side of streets. I think I saw these signs on Nevskii Prospect.

  5. Very well done. I have to admit though I was listening to Lux Aeterna from Requim while looking at these. perfect soundtrack. MAIL FORWARD!

  6. These photographs are absolutely brilliant – I went to St. Petersburg last summer, and I wish I had seen them before I went.

    • indeed. ppl are just too creative for things like this. but it is very brilliantly done 🙂

  7. This will certainly help us show our children what was the appearance of their surroundings way back when there is still war.

  8. […] Por raskol em 27.2.09 / 10h22 Impressionante essa série de imagens de Leningrado (antiga denominação de São Petersburgo) durante a Segunda Guerra misturadas com fotos da atual São Petersburgo. Fotos tiradas na mesma posição, só que com décadas de diferença. Link […]

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  17. Though the picture looks distressing… Nonetheless, we have to be delighted that it’s already from the past. What’s important is we have grown and moved on to face a brighter future away from the chaotic world!

  18. Wow, this is a great way to remember history. We all know that a big nation is the one that respects its history. Now it’s time for us to fight with our own way, it’s time for us to get into the “war” against poverty, drugs, crime, etc.

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  21. Great pics !! I love especially the colorful boundary of the present and focus totally on the black and white scene of the past. Each image demands the viewer to stop and contemplate what life must have been like in Leningrad during World War II….

  22. There was an Elephant from the Zoo that had been killed by a bomb. My Father inlaw was 8yrs old during the seige of Leningrad. He worked with a well known Professor from the Acadamy of Zoology in St. Petersburg. The Professor’s widow has the head and a foot from this Elephant in her house. It is very interesting to hear the stories of those who survived the seige. Thanks ER for another great post.

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  28. Recently I have seen a movie about the siege of Leningrad. The images were impressive. Children and mother without any hope of food and care.

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