Nuremberg- The Guards.

Series of paintings about witness’s, bystanders, observers. Being there in person is not a passive act. Seeing something happen in front of you means you are a part of it, it happened to you within the context of your life, its YOUR experience.

The guards at the Nuremberg trails are the living embodiment of civilisation- they are armed, they are trained soldiers but they act with restraint. In searching through the hours of footage I was hard pressed to find any examples of the guards doing anything more than observing and standing stock still.