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"Fallen Leaves"

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 22 April 2011 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

One of a series of photos that I took last weekend of architect Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum in Berlin.

This is Menashe Kadishman's 'Shalechet' art installation - over 10,000 steel faces cover the floor of the tall concrete room like "fallen leaves".

The faces gradually disappear from view into the darkness of the far corners of the 20m high bare concrete top-lit space. The open-mouthed faces are roughly cut from thick, circular steel plates and they clang and echo heavily when they move as visitors walk across them.

I thought the whole building was an astonishing place but this room in particular was extremely powerful and thought provoking.

It's not possible to relay to you in a still photograph the total sensory experience of what it was like to stand in this room. The clanging echos that the heavy metal discs make when you walk on them is a direct function of the sound-reflective bare concrete structure of the shell of the room, so clearly Libeskind and Kadishman must have collaberated closely together to get the architecture and art installation working as one.

NIKON D700 1/15 second F/8.0 ISO 2200 16 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Hoshisato from Ealing, United Kingdom

Excellent, excellent, excellent! The lighting really captures the moving nature of this installation. That's why you win prizes :-)

22 Apr 2011 6:33am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Impressive picture even if we don't get the sound.
Each plate is very expressive in his drawn and their multiplication creates a kind of fear...
And your w/b treatment strenghtens this general atmosphere.
Have a good day!

22 Apr 2011 6:37am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Quite amazing light!

22 Apr 2011 6:51am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Fascinating read, Ian. Beautifully shot too.

22 Apr 2011 6:59am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

astonishing and fantastic place ! even without sound it's quite a special and disturbing mood that your angle of view and lighting create !

22 Apr 2011 8:10am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Interesting explanation Ian. I like the frame you choice.

22 Apr 2011 9:16am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


22 Apr 2011 10:10am

Daryl Johnson from New Malden, United Kingdom

Very nicely composed, good sense of the scale of the place and good use of silhouette and light.

22 Apr 2011 10:16am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Intense, captivating and thought-provoking - beautifully done!

22 Apr 2011 10:24am

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Fantastic image - lovely light and the BW tones are superb. Interesting description too - thanks for sharing.

22 Apr 2011 10:27am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States


22 Apr 2011 12:35pm

sunstonemaria from California, United States

excellent!! what a place!!

22 Apr 2011 2:37pm

Valérie Simonnet from paris, France

très fort. Et remarquablement pris.

22 Apr 2011 3:40pm

tom from Germany

Fantastic capture!

23 Apr 2011 12:04pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

love the title here... superb composition and excellent light, which really makes this shot! there is a great feeling of depth here and the atmosphere is very good as well!

25 Apr 2011 12:42am

Joe from San Diego, United States

Your B&W work is superb! This is a powerful image even without the sound. Thank you for the explanation, it helped make a strong image even stronger.

25 Apr 2011 4:02pm

Rob from United States

Excellent tones. Fascinating exhibit

26 Apr 2011 5:00pm

guillaume from Paris, France

Intriguing place !! Well seen !

27 Apr 2011 10:43am

Ben from France

looks great in b/w. great light!

29 Apr 2011 4:22pm

1/15 second
ISO 2200
16 mm (35mm equiv.)