Last time around, when I recounted our trip to Europe in brief, I said that I would soon be sharing a small selection of photos with you. Well, I have finally whittled the thousands of photos I took down to twenty-five, one from each day of our trip. These are not all necessarily the best photos that I took or my absolute favorites (although there are some favorites in the bunch), but they do provide quick glimpses into each day of our trip.
When I first decided to post a selection of photos, I got this weird idea in my head. It would mean some extra work in preparing the photos, but I thought it would be neat, so I went ahead and did it. In the end, most of the time I spent working on this was spent choosing the photos; processing the photos, putting them together, and writing the new bit of code to accommodate my idea all went relatively quickly.
Anyway, here’s the deal: You will find the photos directly below this paragraph, but they’re not presented the way I usually present them (that is, vertically, with descriptive text following the photos). What you see below is actually a single, really long image containing all twenty-five photos. There is a scrollbar beneath it for navigation, although I think the easiest way to go through the image is to click on it (thus giving the element focus) and then use the right and left arrow keys on the keyboard. (If the image below does not work for you for whatever reason, or if you find the scrollbox too confining, you can also just right-click on it and open it in a new tab.)
I am tempted to offer commentary on the photos, but today is about the images, not the words. The photo of the Stolpersteine in Bochum, though, may require some explanation. These are monuments placed in the pavement to victims of the Nazis during World War II. The German text can be translated as: “Here lived [Name] / Born [Year] / Deported 1942 / Zamosc / Fate Unknown.” The three stones here were obviously for a single family: a husband, a wife (maiden name Schwartz), and perhaps a youngest son, only eleven at the time, who were deported to Zamosc, Poland. These Stolpersteine can be found all over Germany, and in other countries as well. I will have more to say about these at a later date, but I thought that this photo needed an explanation, unlike the other photos.
With this, I will be leaving our Europe trip behind for a while and (hopefully) returning to our regularly scheduled programming here at Liminality. Guess I need to figure out what that is now.