In June 2014. I was at a photography workshop in Poland. A part of it was visiting Aushwitz, and I think that I don’t really have to explain what sort of emotions that brought forward.
Still, posting something like this on a website that is here to promote my work is not something everybody would do, but I just had to. The real reason is, when I came home and converted all the images to black and white, it was as though they became alive. Like all these decades that have passed have been obliterated, and suddenly all these memories are here, and real. That realisation was so powerful for me, that I just had to share it.
The last photograph in the slideshow is not from Auschwitz. It’s from Krakow, and it’s a photo of Oscar Schindler’s factory. I think the significance is grasped by a quote from my favourite writer…
“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers