Traces of the Past is a recurrent photo challenge theme on this blog, which runs every month (for a third year now). This month we are doing it in black and white and next month this theme will be tackled in colour. You are free to choose whatever thing, building or place (even a person) that belongs to the past. It maybe a past long forgotten or a past very much present and incorporated into today’s existence.   

For this time I chose to display the cage of shame from Levoča, Slovakia. It dates back to the 16th century and it was used for public shaming, mostly for women who dared to go out unaccompanied after dark. They would be closed in this cage very often at the times of public gatherings, for everyone to see their crime. The public would punish them by name calling, spitting and throwing rotten vegetables or stones.

A sad reminder of a past when women were treated like lower beings. Luckily, today it is only a tourist attraction. They open it at times, and visitors may enter and take bunch of selfies… 

Cage of shame

©Paula Borkovic

This is Black & White Sunday photo challenge. If you want to participate you are supposed to:

  • Make a post containing a photo (or photos) of something that comes from the past (it does not have to be a distant past)

  • Link to this challenge post

  • Leave me your link in the comment section bellow

  • Make sure you post before next Sunday 


Don’t forget to check out the entries to this challenge. There are some wonderful examples. Please, click bellow:


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  2. Was it only for women? I guess there are plenty of ways of shaming still in use today, unfortunately. Reminds me of Hester Prynne in “The scarlet letter.” The muted feel of your photo puts it in the past photographically too.

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  3. What a very disturbing trace of past attitudes, Paula. Of itself it’s quite an attractive structure, like a pavilion, but that perhaps makes it worse – shaming as a side show. A difficult subject to photograph too, but you’ve nailed it 🙂

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  4. How very nasty….but a good image and history, Paula. I’ll see what I can dig up for you….



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  8. What a horror story, Paula. We don’t often give thought to how very lucky most of us women are today. Love the lively music to offset it 🙂 🙂 Hope you’ve had a good Sunday. I’m just home.

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