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Fort Breendonk, extra photo's added oct 7

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Topic: Fort Breendonk, extra photo's added oct 7
Posted By: pegelli
Subject: Fort Breendonk, extra photo's added oct 7
Date Posted: 05 November 2019 at 10:55
Yesterday I visited https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Breendonk - Fort Breendonk . Built at the start of the 20th century to be part of the pre WW1 defense ring around Antwerp but most well known as a WWII prison camp of the Belgian branch of the Gestapo. It was used to round up dissidents, resistance fighters and Jews before deportation to the concentration camps in Germany and Poland.

These days it's a national memorial to commemorate the Belgian people killed in both wars. It's an impressive and sobering place.


1: Entrance
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2: With a "hot" welcome (as opposed to a warm welcome )
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3: All guns are removed (already between the wars). The metal domes indicate where they were placed
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4: This is the side the enemy saw whan approaching Antwerp from the South
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Allthough at that time the fort was almost completely covered with a meters thick coat of sand

5: Inside corridor with the soldier quarters (WW1) / prison cells (WW2)
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6: Looking into one of the cells
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7: Gate to one of the inside courts
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8: Unfortunately everybody knows what these were used for
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All A7ii + LA-EA4 + Min 24-105D

TFL and comments welcome

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Posted By: C_N_RED_AGAIN
Date Posted: 05 November 2019 at 11:01
Good series. Love documentaries like these of a place I will never see. Tfs


Posted By: Dopol
Date Posted: 05 November 2019 at 11:02
A sobering place indeed. You captured the 'mood' of the place well.
Particularly like #5 (endless corridors with cells) and #7 (state of maintenance, a way out, good light)

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Posted By: Jozioau
Date Posted: 05 November 2019 at 11:46
Pieter, a fine but as Domien has said, sobering photo essay of this place with its grim past.
Important that this history is preserved as a lesson to be heeded and learned from.
Thanks for sharing.

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Posted By: Roger Rex
Date Posted: 05 November 2019 at 11:55
#5, the black and white seems to fit the series and mood much more than color - an interesting psychological response I believe - colorful, bright vs. dark and foreboding. I think #6 might look quite different in b&w, perhaps rendering the portrait even more real.

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Posted By: waldo_posth
Date Posted: 05 November 2019 at 18:01
Another vote for #5, Pieter!

A fascinating series. There are so many remnants of this dark period in time.

Thank you for sharing it!

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Posted By: Fred_S
Date Posted: 05 November 2019 at 19:10
You have captured this place beautiifully and respectfully Pieter!
Also my vote gpes to...... #5
TFS


Posted By: pegelli
Date Posted: 07 November 2019 at 12:51
Thanks for all the comments, much appreciated.

Roger, I thought about colour vs. B&W and especially #6 also works well that way as you indicated. Initially the texture of the rough wooden bunks didn't come out but a little more work improved that and here's the result:

6 bis:
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And a few more B&W's

9: Inside a cell, looking towards the corridor, 3/5 of the bunks removed, so 60 people per cell
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10: The endless corridor from the other side
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11: The exit to the other inside court (opposite of image 7)
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All same camera and lens as the first post

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Posted By: Roger Rex
Date Posted: 07 November 2019 at 14:00
These b&w's - superb processing that adds a mood that fits perfectly for the subject. I think #6 is a really special image.

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Posted By: Fred_S
Date Posted: 07 November 2019 at 17:32
Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:

These b&w's - superb processing that adds a mood that fits perfectly for the subject. I think #6 is a really special image.

+1


Posted By: C_N_RED_AGAIN
Date Posted: 07 November 2019 at 18:03
I am a big fan of six myself. Good work


Posted By: clk230
Date Posted: 08 November 2019 at 07:46
Yes, "6 bis" is even better than 6.

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Posted By: MichelvA
Date Posted: 08 November 2019 at 20:22
Photos's of places that have such a bad history always makes me a bit sad. In that regard you captured the mood well, so i agree with Domien here. The b&w ones are certainly stronger imo. #5 is the best for me. Followed by #10 which looks almost exactly the same.. TFS Pieter .



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