The architecture of Warsaw
Out with the old, in with the new. Two things were immediately apparent to me on my 1st visit to Warsaw. The amount of new construction and the juxtaposition of the modern architecture set against the crumbling pre-Soviet Era architecture, shortly headed for extinction.
It is quite the contrast in style, form and color. The crumbling Pre-Soviet architecture brings one back to the war-torn complicated history of Poland. (The one exception may be the monolithic Palace of Culture and Science, built in 1952 by the Soviet Union as a gift to Poland.) The structures were constructed for purely utilitarian purposes without much, if any, contemplation on design. Compare that with the modern architecture being built today and the differences are quite stark and ever apparent. (Case in point, the wonderfully majestic Daniel Libeskind creation, Zlota44, photographed at night from roof deck on the Palace of Culture and Science. (image bottom left.)
When photographing these structures my goals were twofold, to document the architecture as a record, while also creating engaging images that not only show the juxtaposition of the old and new, but also use color as a guide to tie the different styles of architecture together. All of this playing out among the few remaining walls of the Warsaw Ghetto, the ever-present reminder of what unfathomable atrocities took place here.