Out of the Darkness
From rage and terror, to survival and resilience

Vegas, Montreal and Barcelona, Triptych hanging in Vancouver, @capturephotofest ! Check it out at 434 Columbia

Violence, murder, mayhem. The number of dead is irrelevant. The body count just multiplies the degree of horror endured. Terrorism is the misguided belief that random killings and the fear felt by the innocents will lead to a correction in politics or revenge a personal sleight.

This series explores the beauty of cities and the citizens which have survived terrorism. I have taken photographs of notable architectural landmarks, found in the affected cities, and have created iterations and layers so that they become jewel-like in appearance and iridescent in the darkness. The luminescence of a star cuts through the darkness of these moments of terror. The series speaks to survival and resilience.

Beauty is truth, truth beauty, — that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
– Keats, 1819

VEGAS — Mandalay Bay Shooting

Vegas — Mandalay Bay

Vegas, The Mandalay Bay shooting, Sunday, October 1, 2017: 58 dead and 85 injured, 10 minutes in duration, 1,100 rounds fired, Weapon: a semi-automatic weapon, — domestic terrorism in the U.S. with an unknown motive. Gun violence is currently pandemic in the U.S.

Vegas 01 (Mandalay Bay)
40”x40” Edition 1/3
from the series Out of the Darkness
Archival Inkjet on Aluminum

MONTREAL — École polytechnique

MONTREAL — École polytechnique

Montreal, The Montreal Massacre at the Ecole Polytechnique on Wednesday, December 6, 1989, women were targeted by a male shooter, 14 women dead and 10 women and 4 men injured, 20 minutes in duration, Weapon: hunting rifle. Marc Lepine’s motive: he was “fighting feminism”. Personal connection: My first daughter was born five days previously.

Montreal 01 (Ecole Polytechnique)
40”x40” Edition 1/3
from the series Out of the Darkness
Archival Inkjet on Aluminum

BARCELONA — Las Ramblas van attack

Barcelona — Palau Güell — close to Las Ramblas

Barcelona, The Barcelona Attack on Thursday August 17, 2017: 13 dead and 130 injured. Tunes Abouyaaquob, 22 years old, a Moroccan national, drove a van at high speed through 550 meters of the pedestrian zone on Las Ramblas before the van shut down. — Duration: under 1 minute. Weapon: white Fiat Talent van Motive: political. Intended original target: La Sagrada Familia Intended weapon: explosive gas canisters loaded onto van. Personal connection: I left Barcelona four days prior to this event but had been a tourist at both locations.

Barcelona 01 (Palau Güell)
40”x40” Edition 1/3
from the series Out of the Darkness
Archival Inkjet on Aluminum

More images of the series can be found at

https://thomasbrasch.com/out-of-the-darkness/