Dutch historian, Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse, blends the past and present using photos from World War II and pictures from the same places today. Jo will literally spend hours trying to locate scenes of photos from the war and then photograph the modern day scene at the same angles so that she can blend the two pictures in Photoshop thereby creating her "Ghosts of History" photo series.
About two months ago we featured a similar project on Fstoppers where Sean Clover blended images of San Francisco after the quake and today. In fact the technique of blending old and new photos has become quite popular in recent years even being used in advertising campaigns by some companies.
What struck me about Jo's images though was the historical significance of the photos. While attending a flea market, Jo came across the 300 old negatives depicting familiar places in her city. As she tried to locate the exact location of each of the images it set the project in motion. “I try to make people realize that history is all around us. That where you live, work or go to school, once people fought, died or simply experienced a different kind of life. We are history, history is us,” – she says.
Here's an example of two photos that Jo has taken and blended together showing soldiers running down Avenue de Paris in Cherbourg in 1944.
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