Photographer's Note

Just North of Berlin about 30 Km in the town of Sachsenhausen is a German concentration camp from the second world war that has been turned into a museum. Whilst there I noticed groups of German school children of about 16 years of age, being shown around and being given a history lesson on what happened in there. They are confronting there past and not trying to forget it, and to understand why it should not happen again.
As I went through the grounds of the camp, with its dark intimidating machine gun watch towers, the cramped sleeping and washing areas and the once smoking chimney that was used to burn the bodies, you get a real idea of how bad it must have been in there for a prisoner.
This picture was taken opposite a torture cell. I photographed it through the bars so as to get a feeling of what it was like inside the cell for the prisoner. Hand held at about a 15th of a second at a wide aperture of around 2.8, it gives a soft image.
The single rose on the floor for me connects the past with the present, with whoever threw it there probably saying a prayer for the people tortured here. It was a very sombre moment and one I will never forget.

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