Derelict House in Jüterbog
Probably not many of you know that Jüterbog is a town in the Mark Brandenburg – that means in the Eastern part of Germany. I took this picture on a sightseeing trip trough the town. No, not all the houses in Jüterbog are looking like this. Indeed, that was the only one being in a derelict state.
But you wouldn’t know If I had mentioned this, would you? A town somewhere in the East of Germany – weren’t there a lot of newspaper articles about how poor the Eastern part of Germany is? And how many derelict houses there were and still are?
That’s where the responsibility of the photographer and the photo-blogger comes in. When presenting a photo, you have to ask yourself:
- Does this photo represent reality? or does it not?
- Is there more than one reality? If yes, what about the other ones you don’t show? You should at least mention them!
- Are you documenting something with your photos? Then do some research. E.g. for how long has this house been in such a derelict state? What have been the reasons for it getting in such a state?
- Are you not documenting something, but trying to present a certain mood to the reader? E.g. the contradiction between old and new? Or the bad feeling of seeing old houses going down? Then you should put this picture in relation to what you saw in the rest of the town – at least one sentence.
Always keep in mind: It is so easy to create wrong realities with pictures!
This is a contribution to Joanna Young’s article on Confident Writing: Giving 50 Ideas Away: An Invitation to Join the Conversation.