Words and pictures by Tavis Bohlinger. Shot on Hasselblad.
Warsaw is one of the beautifully melancholy cities I have ever visited. This past summer, the European Association of Biblical Studies was held at the University of Warsaw. The papers were mostly excellent, and the venue was exceptional, but the city itself was glorious. I took my camera along and when not chairing my seminar, headed into the city.
In the photoessay below, I’ve tried to capture a sense of that glory, the sense of a city reborn from the ashes of Communism, its residents now alive and breathing again even as they are surrounded by, and still work and dwell within, the same morose buildings whose architectural features yet whisper the echoes of tyranny. Note well the contrast between the Old City structures and building details and the stark modernity erected around it.
Hope to see you next summer in Wupperthal!
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