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‘Know Where You Stand’: Photographer Fuses 4 Historical Events with Present-Day Images

A recent trend has emerged in which people take old photos of themselves and pose in the same fashion (or have adults comically imitate other people’s baby photos) decades later.

But a few years ago, before it was a thing to recreate some part of people’s personal histories, photographer Seth Taras shot at a few locations of major historical significance — including where the beaches of Normandy were stormed during World War II and the spot of the Hindenburg explosion — and blended them with modern-day images as part of a History Channel campaign called “Know Where You Stand.” The point of the campaign, according to MyModernMet.com, is to “motivate people to understand the history of where they live by watching the History Channel.”

The effect of the photos is cool and eerie at once — especially when you take a moment to consider the impact of the history of some of the places you’ve probably visited. Take a look:

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  • ‘Know Where You Stand’ 1 of 5
    'Know Where You Stand'
    Photos by Seth Turas for The History Channel
  • Adolf Hitler Tours Paris during the Second World War 2 of 5
    Adolf Hitler Tours Paris during the Second World War
    The terrace of the Palais de Chaillot, Paris

    1940/2004
  • The Hindenburg Disaster 3 of 5
    The Hindenburg Disaster
    Lakehurst, New Jersey, USA<br
    1937/2004
  • The Berlin Wall 4 of 5
    The Berlin Wall
    On the Strasse des siebzehnten Juni, Berlin

    1989/2004
  • Storming the Beaches of Normandy 5 of 5
    Storming the Beaches of Normandy
    Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Normandy

    1944/2004

All photos used with permission from Seth Taras

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