Quite a few shrubs, lamp-posts and traffic signs had grown between where the photographers had stood and their target.
Photo: Stella Karlsson / Vantaa City Museum

I turned the staircase at the Vantaa City Museum into a camera obscura. The dark room is part of the #ThrowbackVantaa exhibition which uses photos to tell the story of Vantaa that used to be, and the Vantaa today. The idea is to illustrate the layers of time from the past decades through paired photographs. Older photos are taken by Lauri Leppänen and Viljo Holopainen.

I spent some time last year running around Vantaa — physically and on the map — trying to locate the exact photo locations and capture the same compositions today, around 60 to 70 years after Leppänen and Holopainen. Sounds straight forward enough, except I found out that quite a few shrubs, lamp-posts and traffic signs had grown between where the photographers had stood and their target.

Anyhow, I managed to get some photos and videos which are now on display at the Vantaa City Museum and published in a book titled In the neighborhood (Kotikulmilla in Finnish). Here are a couple of spreads:

In the neigborhood

In the neigborhood

Next up on my list is figuring out the upcoming camera obscura workshops for kids.

Text and photos: Antti Yrjönen