Poland

Auschwitz

After a trip to Auschwitz this Summer I initially balked at really posting any photos online...the grounds where so many horrible things happened had a profound effect on me (and anyone who visits there I imagine).  That said - this week I felt a strong urge to revisit and process to share with friends and family online.  I'm not sure if it was all the troubling news about Afghanistan/Oakland this week that brought me back but there does seem to be a lot of unnecessary violence and that got me recalling the emotions of Auschwitz. Hope the photos give you an idea of the grounds. Auschwitz Auschwitz Auschwitz Auschwitz Auschwitz Auschwitz Auschwitz Auschwitz Auschwitz Auschwitz Auschwitz Auschwitz Auschwitz Auschwitz

A neat door

Polish Door in Katowice, Poland

I spotted this great door while walking through Katowice in Poland.  I'm pretty sure that designers from Disney and Harry Potter movies must have drawn some inspiration from this door.

Processing on this photo is very minimal with mostly only Photomatix processing from 3 handheld shots.

Birkenau

On the recent trip to Poland and Israel we got to spend an afternoon visiting the museum and site at Auschwitz.  Needless to say I wasn't prepared for the weight of the site and despite full photo gear in tow I managed to mostly refrain from taking too many pictures.  I think this will probably the only one I post...It's truly an important site to visit and the memorial at Birkenau states the following in about a dozen languages which really sums up the importance of the site today:

For ever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity, where the Nazis murdered about one and a half million men, women, and children, mainly Jews from various countries of Europe.

Auschwitz-Birkenau 1940 - 1945

You can see from this vantage point the SS Guard stand in the distance where the Rail cars entered the site and dropped people off.  This Rail Car is sitting on one of the tracks still standing today and the gravel area to the right would be where people exited the cars and were then processed into the camp.

Poland at High Noon

Katowice, Poland On the recent trip to Israel and Poland most of my photo time ended up being spent in Israel.  However, I did take a couple hours to walk around Katowice before we left town to head to the airport.  I wish I had the time really explore this old town...the architecture and the stone streets were amazing and it was very clean in the well traveled areas.  For this impromptu photo walk I traveled light and only had my D90 w/ a 20mm prime to shoot with (a good combination for street photography in my opinion).