The Black Hole

It was one of those bright autumn days shortly before the rainy weather hit the city of Prague. Me and my wife spent a beautiful weekend walking and holding our hands in a warmy sunshine afternoon, sipping café in Mala Strana old town borough, visiting a Helmut Newton exhibition and much more. This was one of those precious moments when you believe you still have plenty of vacation time because it’s only Friday. Then it’s only Saturday and then, suddenly, without any warning in comes Sunday and there’s an evening train to catch back home.  

Getting there

My wife had this idea for us taking the last trip in Prague on Sunday morning. A sprawling metropolis like Prague has many assorted sightseeing dessert pieces depending on the mood. Ours was to enjoy some walk in a forest further away from downtown.  

The valley of Divoka Sarka river stretches right next to the final tram station in the northwestern part of the city. A curious tourist steps out of the tram, walks down the remains of old wooden stairs and finds themselves facing the water dam called Dzban (“The Jug”). The dam was built in the 1960s mostly for recreational purposes.  

On the scene

Having walked down the stairs, in front of our very eyes, yawned a concrete structure which was swallowing the surface water. A perfect, fascinating vortex looking exactly like the black hole model in the books of astrophysics. The structure is called the drop shaft spillway and its job is to protect the dam from overflowing and possible destruction. Just the opposite of the black hole which attracts and swallows the particles of matter which most likely will never again reappear in our known universe.  


When processing this photograph I decided to remove most colors off the water surface and the spillway itself. I tried to put the black and grey mass of water in contrast to the autumn colors of the trees themselves. Trying to decipher the secret of loss, water running from the surface to the unknown, unseen underground.  

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