House of Dionysus
I took the photo for several reasons. One simple one is that I love mosaics and photograph many of them. This one was particularly interesting to me because I was doing a great deal of work on Holocaust and Polish-Jewish reconciliation issues in Krakow, Poland. Lastly, I think this image -- and my gut reaction when I first saw the mosaic -- is a good example of the power of symbols and the way they derive their power from our experiences. As I'm sure you know, the six-pointed, double-triangle star became known as the Star of David only fairly recently (in the last 100 - 150 years). Similarly, the bent-armed sign that everyone in the world now associates with Nazism was a symbol of peace and strength through harmony until Hitler adopted it. These symbols have power over us because of their recent historical connections.