Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Assignment 3.8 The Feldherrnhale

The Feldherrnhale (Field Marshals Hall) is a large monumental building built between 1841 and 1844 to honor the military leaders and traditions of the then kingdom of Bavaria.  Its greatest notoriety came as the site of the Beer Hall Putsch in 1923, when Hitler and his supporters were fired upon by the Bavarian police during a failed attempt to take over the government. Following this skirmish Hitler was captured and sent to jail, during which time his wrote the infamous Meinkampf.

Subsequently this rather ugly building is a stop on the tourist trail, but also serves as a hang out for young people looking for a place to chill and watch the world go by.  The building is huge, as this 17mm photograph demonstrates

From my viewpoint there are two basic "uses" for this building, something for tourists to visit and photograph and as mentioned shelter.  The first case is rather uninteresting:

However, the second generated some interesting images with a "street photography" feel

This was a quick experiment to explore the possibilities of using the site, frankly I think the architecture detracts from the possibility to make really interesting photographs.

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