Viral Before-and-After Composite Captures the Devastation in Kiev in a Single Frame


Reddit user Nasdaf created this moving composite photograph using images of Kiev’s Independence Square captured before and after the havoc wreaked by violent clashes between the government and protesters.

In one powerful frame — a combination of this photo by Travel-Monkey writer Kongo and this one by Reuters photographer Olga Yakimovich — he’s managed to capture the devastation left in the wake of these protests. And now, just hours after news broke that a tentative truce has broken down, the photograph speaks, perhaps, more powerfully than ever.

Click here for a full res version of the composite, or visit Travel-Monkey and Reuters to see the source images in their full glory.

(via Reddit)

Image credits: Composite photograph by Nasdaf and used with permission. Original photos by Kongo and Olga Yakimovich/Reuters.

  • Dani Riot

    Wow… Now thats how you get peoples attention on the devastation of war.

  • SiriusPhotog

    Sad. Just so sad.

  • Guest

    Sad. Just sad.

  • Iqbal wungkul

    very sad

  • Matt

    Sad, yes. But, also encouraging that people are fighting for their rights rather than stay oppressed.

  • Casey

    That is one of the most amazing images I’ve seen in a while. Remarkable.

  • Carl Meyer

    The situation requires a more deeper analysis, the deceased and their relatives deserve it.

  • Mak Wa

    This was not cause by war, it was the result of clashes between anti-government protestors and security forces, which sadly has also resulted in a great many killed and injured on both sides.

  • Kurt Langer

    Reminds me a little of that cool picture of Coney Island where there was day and night in the same shot. But just in such a different way.

  • Vin Weathermon

    You wouldn’t call that “civil war?”

  • Mak Wa

    Not yet, but it could turn into a civil war, just like Syria and Libya (to name just a couple of examples) when their protests began and ended like this and eventually did turn into civil wars (with foreign intervention on both sides). However, maybe it’ll turn out like it did in Egypt, resulting in a change of Government and not actually escalating into full on civil war (though the country is still somewhat unstable).

  • Dani Riot

    I would call that amount of fighting and fire power a civil war, even if only a very brief one.

    My comment was about all war though.

    As a generalisation.

  • Casey

    I guess people can split hairs all they want about weather something is a war or not, but when I see devastation like that, I’ll call it a war. Remarkable image. Very powerful.