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Ghosts of Auschwitz & Birkenau

Ghosts of Auschwitz & Birkenau

Ghosts of Auschwitz One thing that always came to my mind when photographing Auschwitz & Birkenau, was whether I would capture any lost souls. Just to clarify this photograph is a digital manipulation and not an actual ghost. Out of the hundreds of photo’s I captured, I haven’t noticed any yet. I start to think,…

Angels at the gates of Birkenau

Angels at the gates of Birkenau

Angels at the gates of Birkenau The photograph featured is the central gates of Birkenau Concentration Camp, that splits the camp in two. The gates were open and have likely remained so since liberation in 1945. Upon visiting Birkenau, I was astonished at the size of the camp. Walking the perimeter of the camp with…

Block 11, Auschwitz & Birkenau

Block 11, Auschwitz & Birkenau

Block 11 During my tour of Auschwitz I came across many different blocks, all initially designed for harrowing things. Block 11 was no surprise to me, I had read about it and heard about it from various sources. Anticipation (in a negative sense), came over me, I was about to walk into a building of…

Shoes & Souls, Auschwitz & Birkenau

Shoes & Souls, Auschwitz & Birkenau

So many shoes, so many souls The photograph you are observing is all the shoes stolen from the inmates of Auschwitz & Birkenau. It is difficult to comprehend how many shoes are sitting here. The photograph only captures a tiny section of the ‘wall’ of shoes. There is such a variety of footwear worn by…

Final Journey, Auschwitz & Birkenau

Final Journey, Auschwitz & Birkenau

The Final Journey The final journey, for many this was the sad truth. The photograph was captured in March 2016, a photography project on the holocaust (still in the making). The image actually consists of two photographs blended together. I like to tell a story with my photography and the railway line leading to the…

Bed, if you can call it that

Bed, if you can call it that

Bed What you are observing is a monochrome photograph of a ‘Bed’ at Auschwitz & Birkenau. I use the term ‘bed’ very loosely, as this is the complete opposite of what a bed should be. How anyone could’ve got any sleep in this hole is a mystery, the blocks are cold, hard, rugged and generally…

Arbeit Macht Frei

Arbeit Macht Frei

Arbeit Macht Frei The infamous slogan used at Nazi concentration camps, this one was captured at Auschwitz, Poland. The expression comes from the title of a novel by German philologist Lorenz Diefenbach, Arbeit macht frei: Erzählung von Lorenz Diefenbach (1873), in which gamblers and fraudsters find the path to virtue through labour. The phrase was also…

Blocks of Hell, Auschwitz & Birkenau

Blocks of Hell, Auschwitz & Birkenau

  Blocks of Hell A blended image consisting of two images taken at Auschwitz and the Salt Mines in Poland. I have created a look and feel of the entrance to hell. These blocks are very rough, uneven, cramped, cold and horrible, yet thousands of people were forced to survive in these appalling conditions. History…

A Noir Moment, Block of experiments

A Noir Moment, Block of experiments

A noir moment A Noir Moment, a flight of stairs in Block 10 or 11 of Auschwitz concentration camp. The stairs were very rugged, worn and haunting. As I walked these stairs, I often wondered who had walked them when the camps were active. Block 10 Block 10 was a cell block at the Auschwitz…

The Sauna

The Sauna

“Die Zentrale Sauna.”, called by the Nazi’s or ‘The Central Sauna’, by the rest of us. These big black ominous units are delousing chambers used to clean the clothes of the unfortunate Jews upon their arrival. The so-called “Central Sauna”, “Central Sauna” or “New Sauna” (officially BW 32) was a one-story brick building in the…

Welcome to Hell – Auschwitz

Welcome to Hell – Auschwitz

How to get to Auschwitz & Birkenau 24/03/2016 was the day myself and a few friends left England and flew to Krakow airport via Ryanair. The flight itself was just over 2 hours (Stansted – Krakow) and cost about £160 for a return trip. From Krakow airport we then booked a taxi to central Krakow…

Zyklon

Zyklon

Zyklon-B the gas used to exterminate the Jews and many others at Auschwitz & Birkenau, Poland. Zyklon B was the trade name of a cyanide-based pesticide invented in Germany in the early 1920s. It consisted of hydrogen cyanide (prussic acid), a cautionary eye irritant, and one of several adsorbents such as diatomaceous earth. The product…

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