Friday, May 13, 2011

Ghosts of the Past

    A friend (Thanks Hollie!) sent me this amazing post online to the blog of a Russian fellow who has the same idea as I do (although I must admit that I like his more.  It is so cool).  I had to take a break on my own blogging and feature his amazing work.  These pieces are by Sergey Larenkov.  He wrote the following about what he does:
     "Dear friends, if you're interested in travel into the past, I will try to help you. But be warned, the history often hides a very scary pages, and return to the present is much more pleasant than to travel into the past.     "Most of my work is devoted to the period of World War II. The most powerful impression on me personally produces a series of photos about the siege of Leningrad, this is my hometown. In addition, here you will find the defense of Moscow, the liberation of Prague and Vienna, the storming of Berlin, some pages from the life of Paris. D-day collages will be ready soon.  Some pages of my journal will bring you to the streets of the capital of the Russian Empire, St. Petersburg. 
     "Wherever I go, I'm trying to penetrate the layers of time. It does not always do well, but I try.
Many thanks for the support staff of the State Museum of History of St. Petersburg, as well as staff of the Russian State Documentary Film & Photo Archive, Krasnogorsk.  And of course, fond memories and endless gratitude to the photographers and war correspondents that brought us images of a bygone era.
Happy journey into the past. 
     "Yours, Sergey Larenkov."
    All of the following photos are courtesy of
 Berlin, 1945/2010

 Berlin, 1945/2010

 Soviet-Finnish War(1939-1940). Destroyed railway bridge in Terijoki / Zelenogorsk, 1939/2011

Leningrad/St.Petersburg, 1944/2010

 Leningrad,1942/ St.Petersburg,2010 Kronverkskaya street

 Paris insurrection 1944/2010. Barricade on Quai des Grands Augustins

     I also wanted to include some cool aerial shots of downtown Salt Lake that appeared today on the Salt Lake Tribune website.  The following photos are from the 1960s and can all be found at

 The foundation of the Church Office Building is visible in this aerial photo from the 1960s. Construction on the 28-story building started in 1962.

 The Sugar House Prison once sat on the land now occupied by Sugar House Park and Highland High School.

This is the old justice complex where the Salt Lake police department and courts were located. This is now the site of the main Salt Lake City library.

 An aerial view of downtown Salt Lake City and Temple Square in the 1960s

This is an aerial view of the University of Utah and the surrounding neighborhood. The area near the center of the photo is where Rice-Eccles Stadium now stands

1 comment:

  1. HI,

    Very interesting blog! I blog for the city of Springville. The old pictures you've posted of the city are so fascinating.

    Thanks for all that you've shared.

    ~Bree, Art City Fanatic