Course driven exercise

Please note that the following poem has been written by myself as I felt the need to do so, given my chosen subject and my interest in the topic. The topic will be further developed and form part of my assignment. My thoughts on my next assignment have changed as this will become apparent as I type up my blog.


Ignorance is not bliss.


Auschwitz is a place like no other.

The senseless killing,

of many a father, son, daughter and mother.

Around the place, sounds and nature can be described as dull.

Not surprising really,

with murder and torture enjoyed to the full.

The immense fields,

that were once wet, pleasant and green.

It’s hard to imagine the cruelty,pain and suffering they have seen.

It’s wrong for this place to remain unseen,

and for anyone to be a holocaust denier.

To be one of those,

simply means you are a heartless liar.

How can I know,

well I’ve seen it and I’ve been there?


with all my heart I really care.

God Bless the victims,

and grant their souls the rest they need.

It must never be allowed to happen again.



Having written this poem myself I have read it over and over. It conjures up the sad faces of the victims, gaunt, starved, batter, bruised, defeated and dehumanised. These faces and people were also unseen by the world for years, even they we knew what was going on in the KLs. (KL is the official designation for the concentration camp. It stands for Konzentrationslager)

The incarcerated were treated as inhuman and the person inside was nearly always unseen.

The camp was once so full, of the living, the living dead and the dead. Now it is full of souls and full of emptiness, but there is hope. 2 million visitors attended the museum in 2016 and there are signs of life coming back. There are birds there and some wild flowers and other signs of wildlife. However the emerging signs of life feel somewhat dulled and empty.

I have chosen to portray only four images for this exercise as I am going to use a number of images from my set for my assignment.

The images will assist in the telling of the story and there are many more that could be used. For me, in my opinion less is more with this exercise, given my chosen subject. They are all poignant, they all add to the context and contribute to the narrative in the poem.

the unveiling of St John-8
Ikonick symbol of Nazism
the unveiling of St John-15
Even orphans were murdered
the unveiling of St John-14
Portable gallows
the unveiling of St John-13
Reflections of the Holocaust



KayLyn Deveney

The day-to-day life of Albert Hastings

This is a very interesting concept of two different people working together. The photographer making the images, with the subject adding the captions assisting the narrative. KayLyn develops an extremely close working relationship with her subject, Bert and the concept developed over time, into an interesting and unusual project.

I love the idea of working with someone who is elderly and has great experiences to share with a younger generation. This co-operative way of working has added a further dimension to the images.

The poignancy of the hand written captions, really add to the feeling in the images and give this a sense of moment and genuine realism. The have a decisive moment element to them.

As KayLyn says these are everyday moments, but the handwritten additions take them beyond the everyday ordinary and bring the images to life. They add personality and a warmth that may be otherwise missing.

Would I employ such a tactic? Possibly not, I may not be brave enough but it is a great idea and one that can be worked on, in a different way by keeping notes. From 2nd May I will now keep my own note book as a semi-diary idea book.


Image taken from Deveney, K (Not known) The Day-to-Day Life of Albert Hastings, Available at: (Accessed: 28/04/2017).

The above image is my favourite image from the selection. The warm colours of the image blend well with the thought of Bert having a whiskey and really enjoying it. The lighting is soft, with the shadowing adding the soul of this snapshot.

The decorations and the lampshade place Bert as an elder man, may be who does not have much money to spare, but one who has a big heart and plenty of love to share. The image is polaroidesque in its’ squareness adding an edge of nostalgia. Unusually for a square image I do not feel this adds any tension, may be because Bert is centrally placed, making it vaguely symmetrical