Scars of concrete
Kętrzyn, Poland 09-2013
In the center of a wet and dark forest close to Kętrzyn, Poland, history left some indelible marks. Here was built Wolfsschanze, Adolf Hitler’s first Eastern Front military headquarters in World War II. The complex of bunker, which would become one of several Führerhauptquartiere (Führer Headquarters) located in various parts of occupied Europe, was built for the start of Operation Barbarossa - the invasion of the Soviet Union - in 1941.
In October 1944 the Red Army reached the borders of East Prussia during the Baltic Offensive. Hitler departed from the Wolf’s Lair for the final time on 20 November when the Soviet advance reached Angerburg (now Węgorzewo). Two days later the order was given to destroy the complex. However the actual demolition did not take place until the night of 24–25 January 1945.
Despite the use of tons of explosives - one bunker required an estimated 8,000 kg of TNT - most of the complex buildings were only partially destroyed due their immense size and reinforced structures, and almost 70 years later, the ruins of the bunkers are still in the forest, gloomy and threatening, covered by a green moss, breaking the quiet of the nature with their sharp edges.
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Back to process food photography: Building the Perfect Whole Grain Toast Lunch, with the Soft Boiled Egg Supertoast and Caprese toast
On the left, Soft boiled egg Supertoast: whole grain toast topped with Eggplant/Garlic and Sundried Tomato Tapenade, then with Avocado and Red Quinoa, then with Roasted Red Pepper slices, then with a Soft Boiled Egg and pepper.
On the right, Caprese toast: whole grain toast topped with Greek Yogurt, then with Microgreens and Plum Tomato slices, then with Avocado and drizzled with Balsamic Glaze.
So you’ve seen some of my process food photography before, I had such fun putting all my favourite ingredients on these two toasts and they turned out so, so delicious. I’ve tried a version of the Caprese toast before with my Vegan Caprese salad with Grilled Avocado and Balsamic Glaze and that’s always a winner recipe, but the Soft boiled egg whole grain toast was just…perfect. The two dips went so well with the creamy avocado, punctuated with the sweetness of the roasted pepper and the crunch of the red quinoa, and all topped with yummy, eggy goodness.
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Sometimes you meet someone, and it’s so clear that the two of you, on some level belong together. As lovers, or as friends, or as family, or as something entirely different. You just work, whether you understand one another or you’re in love or you’re partners in crime. You meet these people throughout your life, out of nowhere, under the strangest circumstances, and they help you feel alive. I don’t know if that makes me believe in coincidence, or fate, or sheer blind luck, but it definitely makes me believe in something.
Overgrown security window inside a patient bedroom in the Walker Building at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, GA. This building - originally built to house convalescent white males in 1884 - has fallen into a state of advanced deterioration; the roofs are gone off significant portions, and nature is overtaking much of the building.