Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pic(k) of the week 14: Remembering the Great War

2014 marks 100 years since the start of the Great War; best known as World War I (1914-1918). 

The part of Flanders in Belgium where I'm from, has hundreds of military cemeteries and memorials scattered over the West part of the country. Over the years, I've visited a large amount of them, but until yesterday had never visited a German cemetery. While there are a few hundred Commonwealth WWI cemeteries in Belgium, only 4 German ones exist. 

Being very sober and dark, they are very different from their counterparts, which often have hundreds of white identical graves.   

As more than 16 million people lost their lives in the Great War, I wanted to show both sides of the story with the image below.  

2014 Pic(k) of the week 14: Remembering the Great War

A diptych of two cemeteries showing both sides of the story; the top one being the German Cemetery at Vladslo near Diksmuide (25644 soldiers), while the bottom one was framed at the Commonwealth Tyne Cot cemetery (11954 soldiers) near Zonnebeke. 

Image details:
Fujifilm X-T1 with the XF 18-55 lens
RAW files developed in Lightroom 5.3 after import as DNG
Nik ColorEfex Pro for contrast and detail enhancement

More images of the Belgian Military cemeteries can be found here.

Remember: "War does not determine who is right, only who is left" - Bertrand Russell 


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