(“Before Sunset” OST)
Now we are together, sitting outside in the sunshineBut soon we’ll be apart and soon it’ll be night at noonNow things are fine, the clouds are far away up in the skyBut soon I’ll be on a plane and soon you’ll feel the cold rainYou promised to stay in touch when we’re apartYou promised before i left that you’ll always love me.Time goes by, people cry, everything goes too fast.Now we have each other enjoying each moment with one anotherBut soon I’ll be miles away and soon the phone will be our only wayYou promised we’ll never brake up over the telephoneYou said our love was stronger than an ocean apartTime goes by and people lie, everything goes too fast.Let’s not fool ourselves in vain, this far away trip will give us painWe’ll have to be so strong to keep our love from going wrongDistance will make us cold, even put our love on holdBut soon we’ll meet again and soon it’ll be bright at noon againYou promised not to loose faith in our love when i’m awayYou promised so much to me but now you’ve left meWe go by and then we lie all this time we wastedTime goes by, people lie everything goes too fast.Time went by, and then we died, everything went too fast.
We live on the shores of history. Once in a while, elements of the past come back to us as waves, splashing about everywhere, only to retreat quietly and fuse into the sea of things already known.
Such a wave hit us last week.
With the release of more than 300,000 historical images (800,000 digital content if you include videos, sounds, maps) from the Municipal Archives of the city of New York.
With a city like New York, where buildings are replaced faster than passing clouds and where neighborhoods change at the speed of immigrations, it is almost like discovering a foreign country. It seems that life was so much easier and pleasant, even if it might not be so true.
Nevertheless, we tend to navigate those images as if , somehow, they reminded us of a paradise lost, even if we didn’t live it.
What happens then when we mix the present with the past ?
That is what Russian photo enthusiast Sergey Larenkov dared to investigate. His inspiration, the Russian State Documentary Film & Photo Archive, Krasnogorsk. He took images from the archive and merged them with photographs taken in the present. The result is stunning. Mixing, mostly photographs from the second word war with its contemporary location, he manages to brings to light how life goes on, even after the most dramatic event.
It seems, by looking at his images, that we are haunted by the past. While the contrast of events depicted is brutal, peace and war mingled, the result is eerily familiar because of the perfect blending of the environment.
We are reminded how quickly we forget, how we move on with such ease, and how, regardless of the damages we return to a state of inconsequential business.
Both collection, one by its sheer volume and depth, the other, by its powerful message, remind us how we are locked with our past.
L’echec - Yann Tiersen
And nonchalantThe smile in placeWe’ll sure weIn the familiar streetsTo a point in the cityAn unknown locationFind here our failureAnd its shadow.