“What the Photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the Photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially.” Roland Barthes
What if we merge a photo with the same place where it was once photographed? In this case, we can argue with the great philosopher Roland Barthes about the possibility of repeating once again the moment that was photographed a long time ago. Simply put, the time machine effect turns out by merging photos on a new photograph: a window into the past. And no matter how many years have passed between “then and now,” – the temporary perspective shrinks to impossibility.
In order to emphasize the time difference even more, one of the most controversial Oslo history periods was chosen for this project – the years of German occupation 1940-45. Just think: over 70 years have passed, and we still walk on the same stones where German tanks used to drive on, and where soldiers-invaders used to march. Such a seemingly distant history turns out to be not so distant at all.
Private photos taken by German soldiers in Oslo were used in this project.