Let Our Fate Be A Warning
This collection of images was taken on a visit to Majdanek Concentration Camp on the outskirts of Lublin in Poland.
Using the translation of the text on the mausoleum as the title of the work, the images are intended to keep the memory of the Holocaust in peoples minds and remember the fact that 79,000 people were murdered in this camp alone in order to help ensure it is not forgotten.
The series starts on the outside of the camp, taking you past the guard tower and inside one of the huts where you see clothing hanging from barbed wire. This image brings home the human element to the story. The final image is a shot of the mausoleum with the title words above the steps. When you walk up the steps,you see that the mausoleum is an open pit containing ashes of the victims. If you look closely you can even make out bone fragments. The images also have dust and drying marks left on them in order to give them an archival feel.
As we continue to face violence and genocide in the world today it is important to highlight the horrors that took place in the Second World War in the hope that history doesn't repeat itself.