Windhoek is the capital city of Namibia and probably the most clean African town. Germans ruled this land for some decades, time enough to left marvelous buildings, Germanic habits and a terrible way of dealing with the natives (something that Apartheid regime and Nazis learned and improved).
At side of the fort and the main cathedral we can find this colonial monument paying homage to the victory of the German soldiers over the native tribes in the beginning of 20th century.
Many people think this kind of monument should be removed, but in my opinion it is the portrait of the history.
PS:According with my friend Rosemary, this monument was removed last December to a place inside Alte Feste Fort.
Windhoek é a capital da Namíbia e, provavelmente, a mais limpa cidade Africana. Os alemães governaram estas terras por algumas décadas, tempo suficiente para deixar belos edifícios, hábitos germânicos e um legado de sofrimento extremo para os nativos (algo que foi aprendido e aprimorado pelo regime do apartheid e pelos nazistas).
Próximo da catedral e do forte está este monumento prestando homenagem aos soldados alemães que derrotaram duas tribos que se desentendiam, isso no início do século 20.
Muita gente prefere que este tipo de monumento seja destruído, mas em minha opinião é algo que deve ser conservado, afinal é o retrato da história.
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SnapRJW (31627) 2014-06-22 0:56
Good Morning Jorge - You will be interested to hear that the South West Rider was quietly removed from his perch overlooking the city under heavy police guard on Christmas Day 2013. The statue now lies within the walls of the Alte Feste. In its place we now have a memorial to all those killed by the Germans during the colonial wars.
I was undecided about the removal of the statue as it was a city landmark and part of the history of the country. However, I read a book which I recommend if you are interested called The Kaiser's Holocaust: Germany's Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism which opened my eyes to much that when on in fairly recent history and I am now of the firm opinion that it was right that the rider be removed.
As to your shot. I love the way you have composed it using the lamps as a framework within which the rider is well placed. An original composition and one which I have not seen before.
ikeharel (63833) 2014-06-22 2:38
Reading both your note and Rosemary's note, realized you taken a pic. of a statue that not presented anymore.
Maybe an historical justice to local people.
Anyhow, You chosen a fine POV and with the addituon of the lamp-posts - created a nice compositiuon.
COSTANTINO (60561) 2014-06-22 2:59
Hello dear friend
interesting and useful notes
shot with symmetry lones and amazing
blue sky dominating this shot
have a nice Sunday
kabel (1904) 2014-06-22 19:20
Hello, a very interesting photograph of a statue in a far off place. Good color and nice use of the lines to add more interest.
mirosu (15350) 2014-06-24 2:25
Splendid arrangement, excellent low angle view point. The contrast against blue sky is perfect.
Very well done.
nikkitta (17018) 2014-06-28 16:34
Me parece bien que la estatua haya sido sacada de ese lugar estrategico convirtiendo a tu foto en historia
Buena y original captura y contraste de colores
Aca habia frente a la Casa Rosada un gran monumento a Colon y la loca de la presidenta lo hizo demoler, quedo por el piso, grandes quejas de la comunidad italiana , pero ahi siguen sus restos
mcmtanyel (17179) 2014-06-28 19:13
This is a very masterful composition. Taken from a great POV, the lamb posts point to the statue from three directions.
berek (44363) 2014-08-14 21:25
Of the lamps, a very interesting Statue. super perspective. blue sky and yellow background compatible to each other.