Berlin is a city with a rich history and many landmarks and attractions. Recently, the students in my daughter’s class were asked to explore one of them and then to present it to the others. She picked the Holocaust Memorial, a tough one for any fourth-grader. The dark chapters of German history are difficult to tell and even more to understand.
We chose a weekend to go down-town where this place is located right in the heart of Berlin. I still remember the discussions about how the city could dedicate such a large space (close to 20,000 sqm) to a memorial in a location that would certainly sell very well in the market. Well, with regards to accessibility, this clearly has been a good choice, as public transport brings you easily there.
Despite or because of the story behind this memorial, it attracts a good number of people every year. When we arrived there were many people already, walking through the Field of Stelae. Photographically speaking, this interaction between the monument and its visitors allows for interesting images. On the other hand, the hard light offered interesting shadows as a basis for abstraction. I was prepared and had two cameras with me, the x100F and the X-T1. (After all, this time I actually had a customer – my daughter – who had asked me to provide pictures of the place for her project.)