Forgotten Places

(June 19–27, 2010)

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Theme Essay: Forgotten Places

The essay conveys the team’s idea of the event. It is usually published together with the Theme announcement and offers a starting point for the contributing photographers.

This event's essay was written by Bernhard Vogl. Thank you, Bernhard.

Forgotten Places

by Bernhard Vogl
Forgotten places exist everywhere, as a place in urban exploration, a historic place or simply deep in your heart.
To forget is an essential capability of our brain. Nearly everything we learn and live to see is forgotten after awhile. Without being able to forget, we all would drown in a flood of information — not being able to discern between dispensable and indispensable. Even mankind's collective memory is prone to forget many things...
All of those memories are connected to a certain place. You are invited to rediscover such a place, shoot a panorama and tell us the story behind it!
Can't find a forgotten place? Maybe it is right under your nose!

  • Find reminders of history, e.g., WWI and WWII. Sometimes they are huge like the flak towers that were built during the WWII Nazi regime — but now are barely noticed by the local residents.
  • In the "Ruhrgebiet" in Germany — or in Detroit in the U.S., large industrial zones changed their face or perished.
  • Have you ever been curious about what happened to old tourist routes after the tourists vanished or a highway was built nearby? Go visit such a village and depict the changes!
  • Visit a subterranean place. Let the panorama tell about the Earth millions of years ago — or just your local subway station that hasn't been renovated in years.
  • Go to the place where you grew up/went to school/worked your first job!
  • Or just take the inward turn: Did you have a dream when you were young? Did that dream come true? Unearth a forgotten place of your childhood and tell us about it!
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