On the 21st of November, we took off to a town in Belgium, known as Ypres. This town played an essential role back in first World War in geographical and tactical aspects. Thousands of soldiers from different countries who fought the war were buried in and around the town, thus resulting in multiple cemeteries and monuments built to commemorate these lost souls.
Knowing that the monuments and the sceneries in Ypres would be a potential opportunity for videos, I brought my cameras and gears along to see what I could do. I first did not have any structured plans or predictions of what the final product would look like, but after 2 days of exploration in and around the town I started to draft out ideas.
Eventually I came up with making a short video with a Black & White colour filter, since I personally find the town a bit depressing in terms of the mood due to everything that happened back in the past that moulded its atmosphere. With large commemoration monuments built in the town to remind the people of its horrible past and having the same ceremony every night, I think that Ypres embodies the very symbolism of eternal grief (not that I’m against it or that it’s bad in any way). Therefore I thought removing all the colours except for B&W would give it a sentimental yet peaceful touch (as bright colours usually symbolises hapiness or excitement). In a way, this video honours the soldiers and victims who were involved in the pointless war and the countless inhumane horrors they faced. Today it’s up to politicians to decide whether history is worth learning from to avoid conflicts that lead up to the same mistakes.