Budapest - Shoes on the Danube Promenade (War Memorial)

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Comments (7)

© Carsten on November 25, 2007

Hi Erik, very cool view. Very unusual. What is the purpose of these "shoes"? Are they directly placed for the photo of a result of a bad fishing day ? Are they always there and the row is growing ?



Erik Eshuis on November 26, 2007

Hi Carsten,

Thanks very much for your remarks! I took this view to point the line of the shoes in the direction of the fisherman in the background, so they would be connected. Of course this was a subconscious action, for reasoning why I did something always comes afterwards, not at the moment of shooting.

There is no real connection between the shoes and the fishing, only literally, and that's the funny thing about this photo. The shoe parade actually is a war momument, remembering those who were shot along the Danube by the Arrow Cross brigade in WW2. (The not so funny thing!) You can find something about this monument on Wikipedia.

Have a nice day!


© Carsten on November 26, 2007

Hi Erik, I read it. Not good !!!!! And about the subconscious thing. I know exactly what you mean. You can't explain it but you have it on the picture.



koannn on November 21, 2008

memorial by gyula pauer and can togay

FoxAlfa1 on April 11, 2009

Dear Erik, I think you should give another name, another title for your picture of the shoes of those that were massacred in a bloody way into River Danube by the Hungarian Nazis during their reign of some four months in 1944-45. Those nameless thousands were really not guilty - they were only Hungarian Jews, inmates of the Budapest ghetto and those of the protected houses of the Swedes, of Spaniards or the Swiss; the Hungarian Nazis took them by force from those houses and... the rest is the roar of the guns, not that of silence. Love, SnoopyPapa. P.S. A real Dutchman should know the things like this - how many thousand Dutch Jews were killed by the German Nazis...?

Erik Eshuis on April 14, 2009

Dear FoxAlfa,

It was definitely not my intention to hurt anyones feelings and most certainly not those who were casualties of war. I've seen enough on movie and televison about the horror of WWII, although I wasn't aware of the real meaning of the Shoe Parade on the Danube at the time of taking the picture. The title actually was given after Carstens remark. If one doesn't know the real meaning, the situation with the fisherman could be seen in a wholly different and funny (in a classical sense) perspective.

So maybe you're right and we better be a little more careful. I've adapted the title to a more neutral one.

All the best, Erik

Ekanesto on December 8, 2011

Hi Erik, thanks for your interest and welcome to my shoes group. Enjoy.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on November 23, 2007
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    by Erik Eshuis
    • Camera: Canon DIGITAL IXUS 500
    • Taken on 2005/05/03 11:25:18
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 7.41mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash