shining is conceptual social photography blog that was born during a family trip to rome by my brother and i (he is the original shiner).
as a child i had to go to places like notre dame, the eifel tower and the statue of liberty with my parents, and to watch and hear them and all the other people around us being amazed from those huge blocks of stone that were built to show the power of some ego maniac who wanted people to remeber him.
as a consequence today i find no pleasure of visiting these kind of places, and often even feel sick from humanity when i see that those assholes who built those buildings got exactly what they wanted.
I feel that shining brought back for me the joy of being a tourist. on this trip to rome when my brother and i hanged around and took those photos we had a chance to act as normal tourists but to be very special at the same time.
i would like to see shining photos from famous monuments and buildings around the world, i would be happy to recieve pictures and post them here.
go and join the tourists!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Shining all over Nuremberg

The visit in Nuremberg was, as expected, dedicated to Nazis. 
On the first day I went to the Nazi party rally grounds. It is the same place where Leni Riefenstahl filmed the famous Nuremberg Rally in 1934. 
Anyone who saw the movie would've expected to find a glamorous Nazi spot as impressive as the sights of Rome. In reality it is a run down mountain of concrete that reminded me of the Stalin buildings in east Berlin. 

Most the site was destroyed during the war and now whats left is the grandstand where Hitler gave his speeches. 
Climbing up the crumbling concrete stairs a man at his 70's passed me and said in German: "They promised us a 1000 years Reich, for god's sake. And it didn't even lasted a 100"
As I reached the top I saw that the grandstand was occupied by a father and his daughters, the man was imitating Hitler and taking photos with his daughters posing as a soldier.
We took the photos and went further. I was a little bit depressed by now by the whole scene.
The next photo is taken from the back side of the Kongreshalle. A Colosseum like Building.

On the next day we went to see the Court house of the Nuremberg trials.

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