Where past meets present

This blog post is in response to a post I saw on Facebook titled, “Know Where You Stand.” The post can be found at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/iartGaleria/photos/pcb.274438110034193/274437530034251/?type=3&theater


 

As I was scrolling through Facebook this past week, I saw a post that caught my attention immediately.

Black and white, historical-looking photos always seem to do that to me.

Ever since I was a kid, history has been my favorite subject. It has always been something I actually enjoy learning about — the learning doesn’t feel forced.


What caught my attention about this post in particular is that Adolf Hitler was standing in it.

Immediately, I knew it had to do World War II, or at least war, which is my favorite part of history to learn about.


As I examined the image more closely, I noticed something strange — it was a photo of Adolf Hitler standing in front of the Eiffel Tower…right next to a couple on a date.

I couldn’t help but wonder if this was a real photo, so I clicked the “more info” part of the post and began reading. It read:

“Seth Taras, a self-taught American artist, was hired by The History Channel for the campaign, “Know Where You Stand.” His pictures show modern scenes spliced with historical photographs! Taras traveled around the world shooting the pictures from the exact spot and angle the original was shot, and then used photo editing software to blend them together.
Let’s not forget our #History.”


I began scrolling through the rest of the photos and saw a man talking on his cell phone in front of the Berlin Wall, soldiers storming the beaches of Normandy as tourists look for crabs, and a modern day Auschwitz with Nazis standing in front of it.

Every photo I looked at gave me chills as I thought about what message the photographer may have been trying to convey.


Certainly, he was trying to give his audience a modern day view of the locations these famous photos were taken in.

But more than that, I believe he was trying to remind us to never forget our history.


It’s so easy to walk through life and not think about what’s happened in our country and world to get us to where we are today.

I believe these photos represent that there is a piece of history in every step we take.

Even though it may not be nationally recognized or widely known history, there is an event or words that were said or some type of memory that people associate with the places you go.


This is something that is easy to forget, but in the field of public relations and specifically in social media, we can make it part of our job to help people remember the history of whatever specific path we take.

Whether it’s in sports, healthcare, ministry, business, or any other type of field, we can make it our goal to never let future generations forget about what’s happened and come before them.

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