Indian expat takes ‘time travel’ through Aarhus

Ripudaman Singh combined his twin passions for photography and Aarhus into an exhibition that brings the city's past alive.

Indian expat takes 'time travel' through Aarhus
In Time Travel Aarhus, Ripudaman Singh blends the city's past and present. Photo: Submitted
Ripudaman Singh has only lived in Aarhus for 14 years but one would be hard pressed to find anyone more knowledgeable about the city’s history. 
The India native is behind a new photography project that brings Aarhus’s past alive by blending it with the present. 
Singh took old photos from a public database and spent three years painstakingly recreating the same shots and then blending the photos together to show how Denmark’s second city has changed over the past 100-125 years. 
His exhibition, 'Time Travel Aarhus' opened to rave reviews at Musikhuset Aarhus last month and Singh says that his project has helped uncover lost stories from the city’s past. 
Time Travel Aarhus
“People who have been living here for many years get a real sense of nostalgia and a connection to the past and the pictures have really gotten people talking,” he told The Local. 
“Through this project, I’ve heard a lot of anecdotes from people that you can’t find anywhere in the history books, so I’ve gathered a lot of historical knowledge that not even the long-term natives have,” he added. 
Aarhusians have been so taken by Time Travel Aarhus that the exhibition's run time has been extended by almost two months, in large part so that a very special guest will get the chance to see Singh's photos. 
“The end date has been extended from March 26th to May 15th. This is because of the public response and also because Queen Margrethe will visit Musikhuset as part of her birthday celebrations and organizers want the pictures to be there when she comes,” Singh said.
Ripudaman SinghSingh, who by day is the COO of a local biotech company, said that his project was born out of a love for both photography and his adopted home city. 
“I’ve been living here for a long time now and I’ve always loved photography. I live very centrally in Aarhus, so I know all the landmarks and streets. I first came across the old photos about 10 years ago, and then three years ago I started the process of recreating the shots,” he told The Local. 
Singh said that his method of blending the old and new photos together have produced some magical results. One of his favourites is a photo (seen at top of article) from the Aarhus pedestrian street Strøget that appears to show a boy from 1892 looking over his shoulder at a bouquet of colourful balloons from the present. 
For Singh, the project was a way to express his admiration for Aarhus. 
“Aarhus is a beautiful city and it’s home to me now. All three of my kids were born here. It’s a small, peaceful city with all the amenities. It’s no wonder it’s often called ‘the world’s smallest big city’,” he said. 
The Time Travel Aarhus exhibition at Musikhuset Aarhus runs through May 15th. More can be found on the the exhibition’s website and Facebook page
'FOOTSTEPS', Time Travel Aarhus
In one of Singh's favourite pieces, which he calls FOOTSTEPS, he uses photos of the the Chemistry Institute at Aarhus University from 1964 and 2014, the latter of which features his own son. He said the blending of the building's bricks provided a unique technical challenge. 

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One fifth of people in Denmark sceptical of Covid vaccine

Nearly a fifth of people in Denmark are uncertain about whether they would take a coronavirus vaccine if recommended it by the country's health authorities, with researchers warning of a "massive communication task" lying ahead.

One fifth of people in Denmark sceptical of Covid vaccine
Danes were the least sceptical of the eight countries surveyed. Photo: Dado Ruvic/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix
According to the latest update from Aarhus University's ongoing How Democracies Cope with COVID19 (HOPE) project, only 51 percent of those surveyed in Denmark described themselves as “completely certain” they would be willing to receive a vaccine,  with a further 31 percent saying that they were partly certain. 
Michael Bang Pedersen, the Aarhus psychology professor who leads the project, said that, while worrying, respondents from Denmark were more positive to vaccines than those of any other nation. 
“The Danish results look pretty good, the Swedish figures are less good, and some of the results from France are extremely worrisome in my view,” he told The Local. 
“So I think there's a massive communication task in front of a lot of national health authorities, including the Danish one.” 
Only 38 percent of respondents from France to the study said they were “completely certain” they would take a vaccine. 
Here are the figures for the eight nations surveyed, from left to right: France, Hungary, USA, Germany, Sweden, Italy, UK, Denmark. 
Bang Pedersen said that some uncertainty was unsurprising. 
“At this point, some uncertainty is to be expected, because we don't know what the features of the vaccine will be, how effective it is, and what the side effects will be,” he said. 
“I think that part of the communication task for the authorities will be to acknowledge the uncertainty and to say, 'even if you are uncertain it doesn't mean you are anti-vaccine, and we are going to show you that the vaccine is safe despite those uncertainties.” 
He said that the another obstacle could come if young people feel that because they are at too low a risk of becoming seriously ill from coronavirus to make receiving a vaccine worthwhile. 
“They might think, 'I don't think I'll get a vaccine, because I'm not at risk myself'”, he said. 
The solution, he said, was to make sure people were “informed about the logic of herd immunity”, and also made to feel empathy with people in vulnerable groups. 
Finally, he said governments should already be starting to counteract misinformation about vaccines, and educating their populations to make them less susceptible to counter “fake news” in the internet. 
The responses in the report were collected between September 13th and October 3rd.