I spent a whole day in Aushwitz and Birkenau, and from the very beginning I had decided to take only BW pictures: Difficult moments and painful sights all around, and I was a bit ashamed of being a photographer as if I was touring a foreign country. Anyway, while visiting Birkenau in the afternoon I
found a group of Jewish Hassidim from New York also taking pictures of the camp. This is a picture of one of them, on the railway. I am not sure of the state in Poland so please correct me.
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bantonbuju (51815) 2005-04-05 3:47
good choice b&w for that place of holocaust; interesting composotion;
as for the region: malopolska or malopolskie;
have a nice day, jerzy
clodreno (0) 2005-04-05 7:49
beautiful shot Izzet. i do understand why you chose b&w in that case.. A place I really want to visit.. always good to post ssomething for everybody to remember.
alimo3 (6854) 2005-04-05 18:02
very nice and powerful shot,and that's why i think the black and White is a good choice here.
composition and attitudes are very interesting.
avigur_11 (22087) 2005-04-05 18:41
The PP fits perfectly this terrible place. I saw some color pictures from this place tha made it look like too vivid, but you did the right choice here, with the b/w, the white sky and the hard contrast. Thank you very nuch for this one.
eleparc (24063) 2005-04-05 19:23
excellent shot izzet à la chaplin! bravo! it was worthwhile your waiting!
Homerhomer (4080) 2005-04-05 21:48
Izzet, I like this photo on many levels, but without the description and the title I don't think it would really speak to me as intended.
Firstly I like the high contrast here, the dark foreground and black coat stands out very well against the bright background, this concept works very well here, I also love the position of the Jewish person on the tracks with his back facing us. BW was imo a very good choice.
However if it wasn't for your description I don't think I would have known that this is a concentration camp, a place where millions of poeple have been murdered. I think it would have made a stronger effect on me if you were closer to baracks, barb wires, gas chambers etc.
HOBO (5282) 2005-04-06 7:05
To wait for the guy was worth while; it adds really depth to the picture (not only physically), Izzet.
I agree with you to to decide on b&w for the sad location. As you see from the news nowadays, it is important to take and to publish pictures from locations like this. Thanks for posting!
AnimeshRay (9089) 2005-04-06 11:56
Great atmosphere and very well composed. But I do understand Eric's point that without the note the full impact is not felt. Then of course an apparently innocent photo could speak a volume in its proper context. In that sense the restraint in this photo is admirable; a barbed wire might make it more obvious but the impact one gets from the knowledge of the full context of this simple photo is quite shattering.
flydragon (0) 2005-04-06 15:36
he non !!
je vais pas rater cette photo
je dis respect Izzet
une photo qui reste et restera
comme un témoignage
le cadrage avec les rails
est terrible et terrifiant
cmartos (242) 2005-04-07 4:00
Un témoignage important et un contexte grave, je m'abstiendrai de toute autre considération technique ici, sinon que le n/b et le fort contratse sont très bien adaptés. Une image très forte à mes yeux.
jajko (775) 2005-04-07 8:35
good photo... thx
maciekda (19895) 2005-04-07 16:54
this is very nice Izzet, I even don't know how to comment this photo. I like that there is this man on the track, I like B&W.. I understand the scene, I know the place. good work
Or_Han (815) 2005-04-11 8:33
izzet bey, fotoğrafa ilgi duymaya başlayalı beri sizi takip ediyorum. güzel fotoğraflarınızı keyifle izliyorum. kendi adıma bakış açısı kazanmamda da yardımcı oluyorlar. keşke yaşamıma fotoğrafı daha fazla katabilsem. paylaşımlarınız için teşekkürler. sevgi ve selam ile...
Polonaise (5802) 2006-12-15 11:40
It's a different photo from all those Auschwitz - Birkenau photos we use to see now and then.
The sheer horror of these places usually is portrayed this way or another in those pictures.
Not in yours, though.
It has some comical, gentle charm encoded within, some lighter aura than someone may expect to see coming from these locations.
And you know what...?
I like it. It doesn't decrease the level of seriousness attached to the scene, it just portrays the whole idea differently.
Have a great weekend, pal
delic (6735) 2007-07-22 5:30
I visited Auschwitz in 1987; Birkenau was not open then. There were few visitors and even fewer foreigners, most of which were Germans. You were lucky to run into these Hassidic Jews. Their presence in such a sorrowful place is interesting. You capitalized on the moment very well in this fine composition. I especially like the train tracks coming out of the frame, with the single man walking on them. Regards,
- Copyright: izzet keribar (keribar) (43841)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2003-03-00
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: NikonF100, 24-120/3.5-5.6 D VR
- Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Concentration camps [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-04-05 3:44