Part 2, Inspiration to continue the Loss and Beauty project

I learned about this work, Holocaust by Bullets, more than five years ago. Father Desbois and his team have worked tirelessly for more than a decade to discover and document previously unknown sites of horror in the geography of the Holocaust. I’ll have more to say, hopefully with images, about this little-known chapter of destruction from World War II.

This week’s events in Belgium underscore the need for understanding and compassion….and long term solutions to the problems facing immigrants and residents in countries all over Europe today. Violence begets violence. Too simple? No. Too true.

It is not my wish to live in the past or speak only about the Holocaust of World War II. While it is my intention to honor the memory of the souls who perished, I hope to create a greater remembrance by continuing the conversation that is so desperately needed today. What are we destroying through fear and hatred? What might we create from compassion and love and tolerance?

I hope to travel to Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia late this year to create images and composites. Until then, here is a link to the valuable work Father Desbois is doing.

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"Loss and Beauty is a literary work of photography based on Holocaust survivor's diaries. But it is also a uniquely involving visual experience, one that uses masterfully merged photographs to draw one in, establish and hold a mood and ultimately tell a story. Importantly, the work also asks each viewer a searching and timeless question: Can profound loss by addressed by beauty? Keron Psillas' answer, in her deeply realized book and exhibit, is yes."
- Sam Abell