John Sandell photography
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Interlock

Interlock. Another image from my on-going project based around the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas) in Berlin – usually referred to as the 'Holocaust Memorial' – this time from my second visit to it in June 2012. This 'field of stelae' – designed by American architect Peter Eisenman – is set on an undulating site about 100 metres south of the Brandenburg Gate. It opened in 2005 after a long and often controversial planning and building process. The 2,711 concrete blocks (stelae) are arranged in a regular grid over an area of nearly five acres. Each is around 8 feet long and 3 feet wide, but they vary in height from a few inches up to nearly 16 feet. At first the arrangement looks uniform, but closer inspection shows that each block is at a slight angle to its neighbour, creating a feeling of uncertainty.

For this image I've concentrated on the aggressive interlocking shapes of parts of the blocks, and pushed the contrast of an already contrasty image to emphasise the effect.

Technical: NIKON D300, f=170.0 mm, ISO320, 1/400 sec @ f11.0

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