Albert Zabin  

Holocaust Memorial by Albert Zabin

October 2020 - Holocaust Memorial

About the Image(s)

The memorial covers a very large open space in the heart of Berlin. Underground is a Museum that focuses on the persecution in Berlin. I chose to do a close up after i did some photos showing the expanse that implies the enormity of the Holocaust, but I prefer the close up which somehow seems to reflect the horror faced by each individual victim, and which excludes the apartment and office buildings in the background of the wire format. Taken with a Nikon 24-120 VR lens at f5.6. Edited in Lightroom 6 and Siver Efex 2 for the conversion to B&W, tone darkened and some contrast applied.

6 comments posted

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
It's often pointed out that when photographing another's art, the importance of adding one's own personal perspective, and I think you've done that here Albert, with the somber tone, the shadows, and the angle. I think perhaps just a touch more contrast would help, and I also wonder about the branches shadows at top and right; they distract just a bit.   Posted: 10/07/2020 10:05:09

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
A stark reminder of man's inhumanity to man. Yet also the hope that only once and then never again - or at least we can hope and pray. You have captured the texture of the stone coffins(?) well along with the shadows of the branches from the trees which look almost like Hebrew letters - not quite but close. I am glad you left the branches in the image

I also agree with much of what Jack has said, though I am not sure about more contrast - though it might give the image a more emotional punch.

Thank you for this image and the reminder that we too could slip into something like that if we are not vigilant about what is happening around us.   Posted: 10/07/2020 16:50:30

John Erve   John Erve
Albert, I recognized this instantly even though I was in Berlin over a decade ago which attests to the emotional power of this site. I see what you were after regards the repeating patterns. For me, having a person in the image would give some emotional impact which is absent in your image except for the title.   Posted: 10/12/2020 16:41:01

Don Crow   Don Crow
For me this is a nice repeating pattern shot. I think I would crop a little off the right side to eliminate the branches and add a little contrast. Having never been there I cannot fully appreciate the emotional impact of the image.   Posted: 10/18/2020 07:55:36

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Berlin is very much on my TonGo list (when travelling ability returns) - so I am ignorant of the meaning of this image, without your notes. I can understand though what you were driving at.

You have achieved a somber feel and am not sure if more contrast would be helpful here, but I accept that this is very much a personal choice.

It is a pity there are so many branches around leading to shadows which do tend to detract from the message the shapes.

Thank you for sharing this Albert.   Posted: 10/18/2020 12:53:30

Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
Albert, I have never been to Berlin so found your image very moving and also informative. I, for one, like the shadows on the memorial as to me it represents the present world looking back on the past. Your image reminds us to reflect on our past history and be watchful in the future. Thank you.

  Posted: 10/20/2020 21:04:20


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