Spent a few days in Berlin on a business trip for Mozilla. Jet lag kept me up all night several nights, and on one, I slipped out to roam the town. I ventured back over to the Jewish Murder Memorial to see if I could somehow burn onto film the heavy feeling I get when I visit the site. I’d visited the place seven or eight years ago, and I remember being impressed. I feel it’s a perfect installation for what it represents.
These shots were taken sometime after 10pm on a cold and rainy night. Every night that I spent in Berlin was a cold and rainy night–always shrouded in grey clouds and drizzle. The memorial is in a section of town where there are plenty of well-lit buildings so the sky glows with reflected light. I dropped a tripod, pushed a roll of HP5+ to 1600, and took about a dozen 10-30 second timed exposures. I was hoping to capture the rain beading down the sides of the smooth concrete slabs. I was successful. The two below are my picks.
Jewish Murder Memorial I
Jewish Murder Memorial II