Yeshen Venema
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Blog for Photographer Yeshen Venema. Features tips, links interviews and behind the scenes stories.

Stelae

I recently visited Berlin, primarily to attend the premiere of Die Zauberflöte (Magic Flute) at The Komische Oper, for which my partner produced some wonderful animations. Read more about that here.

While walking the town, after passing by the Brandenburg Gate and The Reichstag we came to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. This is an imposing structure, over 19,000 square meters, covered with 2,711 concrete slabs (stelae) arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The monument was built in 2003, following an open competition, and was not without controversy. 

However, what drew me the structure was how it appeared on this grey and cold afternoon. It had rained earlier that day and due to the coating on the concrete slabs, water droplets were suspended like tears all over the vertical faces. 

The monument's design was supposedly without deliberate symbolism, the intention being (I suppose) that visitors would each have an individual experience. Our visit left a profound impression on me, and I wanted to share my photos here which provide a different view on the monument's structure.