Defensive is not so offensive.
One thing I loved about travelling Europe was exploring old buildings and being a bit of a history fan, I was astounded by the defences that were left behind in the wake of World War 2. They are surrounded by this eerie ambience. The childish part of you is thinking “wow this is pretty cool” and the other part knows the purpose of the structure and is met with a sobering realisation of what is likely to have transpired in this very spot.
Living in Australia, our shores were thankfully relatively untouched by the conflict and I find it difficult to comprehend the scale and magnitude of devastation. I know I will never understand the extent of damage or the pain that generations endured as a result of the conflict and the immeasurable sorrow for the millions who perished.
The remnants of the bunkers that line the coasts stand as start reminders of history and play an important role in helping younger generations to grasp what mankind has been through.
Photographer Jonathan Andrew has been able to capture the aura of these structures that I certainly feel they provoke. He creates this through the use of lighting in the foreground to highlight the bunker itself as the subject and contrasts this with minimal natural light. The result is the isolation of the building against its surroundings. The interplay between the natural environment and the solid concrete structure also provides interest and aids in creating this feeling of isolation as the bunker is easily distinguished as something that is foreign, even if it has been partially reclaimed.
I find this collection particularly moving and as this is only a sample, I recommend you look through the entire set. While you are at it, have a look through the rest of Jonathan’s portfolio as it also contains some truly amazing landscapes.