The Hangman's Bridge (Henkersteg) was constructed in 1457 as a wooden bridge. Between the 16th and the 19th century, the Nuremberg hangman lived in the tower and the roofed walk above the river Pegnitz. After the flood of 1595, three arches of the town wall bridging the southern arm of the river Pegnitz were demolished and replaced by the wooden Hangman's Bridge with its tiled roof (reconstructed in 1954).
The executioner had to live in segregated accommodation within the city, since his trade was considered "dishonest". Up until the Age of Enlightenment, citizens avoided any physical contact with the hangman, in order not to be excluded from the Christian community.
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magalik (6103) 2011-06-26 8:12
Interesting the atmosphere you got combining nocturnal shot and b&w conversion.
I like your idea. Personnally I would have reduced the bottom of the image, this black part is too much present in the composition according to me but it's just my feeling.
Your b&w traitment is unusal, very interesting, well adapted to the reflections.
Ilducabianco (940) 2011-06-26 12:28
your picture isn't easy to understand and, initially, it may not to be pleasant to watch, but it's just looking at it better that you can spot its charm.Gothic, Victorian, a play of light and shadows creating an atmosphere strained and full of pathos.The POV is excellent as well as the composition.And Nuremberg is a very beautiful town.Intriguing image.