Every year the Clickin’ Mom’s community hosts photo walks around the globe. Members volunteer to lead the walks which gather local photographers to explore their city and exercise their creativity! This year I co-led the ClickinWalk in Frankfurt with my friend Jenna of Life A Glow Photography. We met with two other women and walked the streets of downtown Frankfurt and along the Rhine River.
Street Photography is pretty much totally out of my comfort zone. But spending a day kid-free while talking photography and taking pictures of what ever I wanted is right up my alley!
It was a gorgeous day in Frankfurt this past Saturday. It was also packed with tourists! But we made our way through the crowds, braced the chaos, and then found a quieter space to explore!
Our first stop was the river. We crossed the Old Iron Bridge, with everyone else visiting Frankfurt! The river views were breathtaking, especially on this clear morning. There was a festival on the banks of the river and you could smell the Nutella and hear the sounds of music being played. The bridge is covered with Locks on Love from all the couples who have sealed their commitment of love with the universe symbolized by a lock securely fastened to the bridge. There are Locks of Love all over the world, Seth and I have one on Seoul Tower. But a lot of cities forbid it as the weight of the locks compromise the integrity of the structure.
We wondered down the side of the river through a row of shady trees and a beautiful church. We watched bikers, runners, and people on kayaks.
I took some time to be purposeful with my photography. I noticed lines and shapes and colors… oh my! Frankfurt is such a beautiful city!
As we started to venture out of the main tourist area, we noticed some gorgeous modern art sculptures from above. And because we are all photographers, we took a “photographer’s selfie” in the art installation! Just look up!
But the most rewarding stop on our walk was the Neuer Börneplatz Holocaust Memorial Site. The memorial was built on the site of a synagogue which was destroyed at the beginning of the war. On the site sits a 5×5 meter stone cube built of the remains of the synagogue. The most hallowing part of the memorial is the 286 meter long wall which contains 11,915 small steel boxes with the names of all the Jews from Frankfurt who were deported and murdered 1933 and 1945. The boxes contain the name, dates of birth and death, and place of deportation. One section of the wall is almost all of the same last name which makes me think that an entire family was lost in the war. The wall surrounds a the Old Jewish Cemetery. It is the oldest Jewish gravesite in Europe with interments dating back to 1272. It was closed in 1828 with almost 7000 graves. In 1942, almost 5000 gravestones were demolished and piled up as rubbish to be removed. In the 1950s, the gravestones were removed but with no records as to where in the cemetery the belonged, they were lined up along the wall.
It was a very emotional space. The wall of names seemed to go on forever and yet you knew in your heart that this was only a small portion of the people who were victims of the Holocaust. None of us had been there before and we weren’t prepared for such a powerful experience. I’m grateful that we included it on our walk and I hope to visit it and other memorials across Europe again.
The ClickinWalk was an incredible experience! I truly recommend participating in a photography walk should you have the opportunity! These are only a handful of the photos I took from that day but the experience gained from the day is something that I will carry with me for a long time.