City of Shadows by Alexey Titarenko

This photograph by Alexey Titarenko is from a series entitled “City of Shadows.” Titarenko uses a time-lapse technique to photograph crowds of people in St. Petersburg, creating a collective spectral-like quality to the masses moving about the city.

This photo reminds me of Milan Kundera’s novel, “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and the Nietzchean ideal of “eternal return.”

“If every second of our lives recurs an infinite number of times, we are nailed to eternity as Jesus Christ was nailed to the cross. It is a terrifying prospect. In the world of eternal return the weight of unbearable responsibility lies heavily on the every move we make. That is why Nietzsche called the idea of eternal return the heaviest of burdens (das schwerste Gewicht).” — The Unbearable Lightness of Being (p.5)

I imagine that the physical manifestation of eternal return would look something like this.


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