The washrooms at Dachau. I visited there at the start of December 2012, and took this photo. I thought that the black and white really added to the sombre atmosphere of the place, particularly because of the history.
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This is a wonderful photo! I can feel the sombre atmosphere right away, and the B&W was a great choice. I can actually relate to this photo, because we just got done doing a unit on the Holocaust and concentration camps. It's so sad - and I think you did a nice job of portraying that here.
I think the lighting is pretty awesome as well! The way it comes through the windows and illuminates the walls and floor adds to that eerie atmosphere. The highlights and shadows on the structures also make them seem much more daunting as well - I almost feel like you captured a slight fisheye effect. Very cool!
In full view, I wish the photo was a little sharper. Perhaps it would've been cool to just have the first one in focus, with the background and windows blurred just a touch. Not too much though! Then again, I love how the flooring and walls add to the photo.
I also wish that second structure was a little more the left, instead of nearly directing behind the first one, but of course that's not something you could move. Perhaps an angle slightly more to the left would've separated the two a little more, if that makes any sense? I'm being really nit-picky though, I think this photo is wonderful!
This is a really nice photo. There are so many things I like about this photo. Allow me to elaborate. The basin like things have a surreal beauty to them. For a moment I thought that these are a fountain. How mistaken I am after reading the description. The fact that this photo is in black and white adds a serious and contemplative mood to it. The history of this room, the horrors that it witnessed is brought out beautifully since the photo is in black and white. The windows from where rays of light are entering the room, are like the rays of hope. Also, the apparent unassuming nature of the room is a complete contrast to what went on here.
It does like somewhat like a fountain, I briefly thought that before it was explained that these were the washbasins, somewhat ironic that prisoners were given washbasins that look like something a lot more elaborate.
The water stains, cracks, rust, and cobwebs, all stand out sharply for the camera to capture. Though the signs of age likely weren't there in the past, as much of it was new, they speak volumes in emotion today.
The lighted window looks more exposing than welcoming, and the shadows to the left make me wonder if it's safe or not to go near. I think the b/w was a good choice here.
There is one thing, the lighting in the nearest sink/bowl has possibly captured your head outline. To me, it looks like you're standing in front of another window and your shadowed head is showing in the bowl.
With that I'd say be a bit more careful in the future over unintentionally making shadows or reflections.
Dachau's quite a sombre place, and always feels cold. It was snowy and windy when we went there and easily negative temperatures, so it was 'good' to start trying to comprehend the suffering that must have happened there during its period of operation.