I’m currently in France having just spent several days in Poland. The reason for this trip is mostly related to my Deathgate project, which I finished producing 2 weeks ago. Having physically completed the project, I wanted to return to where it started in an attempt to emotionally complete it.
I spent a couple of days at the Auschwitz camps (the primary influence for the work) while based in Krakow, and am now at the Fourwinds art centre close to Aureille in the South of France where I started developing and physically producing Deathgate nearly 3 and a half years ago.
I’m glad i’ve come back. Returning to Auschwitz brought a range of emotions, many of which I’m journaling about and probably won’t share. The visit did give me a sense of resolution and even relief now that the project is done. I was skeptical that I would feel anything like that. Now that I’m in France, I’m gathering my thoughts, editing photos from Poland, and writing a lot. I feel like this is exactly where I need to be, which is rare, special and not lost on me. I’ll share some photos over the next little while along with brief thoughts.
There’ll be more practical news related to the project very soon. The exhibition date is close to being locked in.
Here’s some photos from my visit to Auschwitz this week:
Photography: Dan Elborne.