Fallen Leaves

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“Shalechet”. A Hebrew girls name meaning fallen leaves and the title of this Holocaust art installation at the Jewish Museum in Berlin. Thousands of iron faces, roughly hewn and strewn across a dimly lit concrete corner of the museum.

Shalechet (Gefallenes Laub) by Menashe Kadishman at Jรผdisches Museum.

40 comments on “Fallen Leaves
  1. Neal. says:

    Good art doesn’t need explaining does it?

  2. Ian D B says:

    It’s an impressive piece and like you say, needs no explanation.

  3. nondesigner59 says:

    Powerful representation of a brutal history, well captured..
    If it’s OK with you I will share this on my Facebook page.??


    Very Meaningful.

  5. Ian D B says:

    Of course, good of you to ask. Thanks Malcolm.

  6. nondesigner59 says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/maycontaintracesofnuts] Done.. cheers.

  7. redrocker_9 says:

    Wow Ian, this is fantastic!

  8. mick cooke says:

    well taken ian ,great work, a reminder of terrible things that happened in those dark years

  9. Stezzer says:

    Our mothers and fathers, our brothers and sisters may appear in art exhibitions of rust and scatter, with ๐Ÿ˜ฎ expressions, but the pain and suffering cannot be represented in anyway as a piece of art. I do not agree with this example, though as sad as it may appear, it doesn’t do justice to those it represents. Anything else is attention seeking.

  10. SolarScot. says:

    Poignant,Simple and Very Thought Provoking

  11. Tech Owl says:

    Very well captured Ian – as several have said, a powerful and thought provoking shot.

  12. Hotpix [LRPS] Hanx for 1.5M Views says:

    Powerful Ian.
    I like this, a cracker. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  13. The Neepster says:


  14. gastephen says:

    Very poignant and nicely composed.

  15. Ian D B says:

    Many thanks everyone.

    I think I understand your point Brett, is it acceptable to create art out of suffering? Or maybe it is in poor taste where to make the point is a secondary aim, the primary aim being to show off?

    Personally I like it. Human tragedies such as these produce some of the best art. For example, the poetry from the trenches at Flanders and the Somme by Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, those killing grounds were the perfect conditions for poetry expressing the tragedy of human frailty and waste on an industrial scale.

    Equally Holocaust art starting with paintings by concentration camp survivors and moving on through Schindler’s List to exhibitions such as this are all part of the same continuum. I would argue that thanks to Spielberg we now have an awareness of the human suffering of Holocaust that wasn’t there before the early 1990s. Art and history are sometimes difficult to seperate.

    As for this piece, it does, as Neal says, not need any explanation. It makes people think, it certainly made me think. I thought it represented in one presentation the suffering of millions in ways that numbers and data and personal accounts and movies and paintings can’t. But that’s just me. You’d have to see it in the flesh, feel the silence and appreciate the gloom.

  16. Tim Spicer Photography says:

    A very powerful image very nicely done Ian.

  17. amyrey says:

    The enormity of what this represents makes me feel very small…..

    "attention seeking" …. really? I think not.

  18. C J Paul (chris) says:

    like it ian vey nicely done mate….

  19. andyholmfirth says:

    I find it provoking my imagination and pulling me up short.Hinting as it only can at the scale of human suffering.Your photo catches the awkward compelling nature of it.Good photography Ian.

  20. het broertje van.. says:

    Brilliant Art work…………………Simply breathtaking!!!


  21. Mark McKie says:

    You have captured the mood very well Ian.

  22. Ray~Watson says:

    Very creative shot & meaningful desciption.

  23. Reflective Kiwi %-) says:

    Nice capture! Very emotive!

  24. Pleasureprinciple2012 says:

    A well composed and thought provoking shot, art in adversary.

  25. *Psycho Delia* says:

    This is wonderful Ian

  26. Through Collette's eyes says:

    Poignant, powerful and beautifully captured!

  27. cgullz says:

    cool dof and the frame works well here.

  28. pasujoba says:

    I like it Ian .For me its perfectly valid for art to express pain and sufffering of people. Its never going to fully show the depth of the angst but if it makes others think about it then it has done its job.
    Time clouds memories , the artwork keeps them alive.

  29. Anonymous says:

    a picture worth a thousand words ๐Ÿ™‚
    yes i had an amzing time in london, i might come again next year, i’ll let you know if so ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Anonymous says:

    a picture worth a thousand words ๐Ÿ™‚
    yes i had an amzing time in london, i might come again next year, i’ll let you know if so ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. McAlister says:

    Great image Ian, and I really appreciate your extended interpretation of it.

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  33. Mojumbo22 (Matt Pirecki) says:

    Very interesting.

  34. Travelling Man Photos says:

    Not too sure if I need to praise the photo or the art installation. Photo – great perspective and DOF; Installation – very simple yet poignant

  35. Ian D B says:

    Many thanks again everyone, much appreciated.

  36. James E410 says:

    Cracking shot, a powerful image.

  37. Mary Liquid says:

    We are defined by comedy and tragedy-Shakespeare wrote little else! Fantastic photo.

  38. SolarScot. says:

    me again !

  39. bazylek100 says:

    Powerful and poignant installation.
    Good job on the focusing in this shot, the blur intensify the effect of countless number of iron faces… The faces themselves make me think of the scene from Pink Floyd’s "The Wall", with "faceless" people transported in a train.

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