SanatoriumS

Apparently this place is really close to very observing villagers. People live and work right next door to this place, although its located in a very peaceful and beautiful area.
It is meant to be difficult to enter, but once we found the place to get in (all windows and doors were covered by wooden panels), we managed to get in quickly and unnoticed.
Inside we had to be very quiet so people wouldnt notice our presence and kick us out. We were a little bit disappointed that the whole building was empty; no furniture, materials, objects, books or traces of it being inhabited whatsoever… But the place itself was very peaceful.



Pentacon six TL, FujiChrome Provia400



Pentacon six TL, FujiChrome Provia400



Pentacon six TL, FujiChrome Provia400



The next photo was taken in a different building then the shots before, but still part of the same sanatorium. It was more in the woods down a hill. Here it was completely trashed. The stairs to the top floor had completely disappeared. So the only way up was a rusty little fire escape on the outside of the building… Luckily I went up, because there I found this little beauty of a room!



A room with a view
Pentacon six TL, Kodak Ektachrome E100VS

Germany, August 2008.

Sleeping with Lenin…

Military Base in Germany somewhere.
This is my second ever Urbex hotel; sleeping at an abandoned location…
We arrived here by car in the middle of the night and set up camp on the terrace of one of these buildings. It wasn’t very cold so all we had to lay out were sleeping bags and we could sleep underneath the moonlit sky.
Before we went to sleep we walked around the area and in the middle of some bushes we saw this giant statue of Lenin which had red sprayed eyes, thus quite the evil look…. We heard these slammin’ doors we thought, a loud bang once every half an hour or so. But it wasn’t that windy… This freaked us out a little. We never really found out what that sound was, but we don’t think it could have been the wind.

The next morning we woke up by the rising sun, that was really nice. This was also the very first morning of our 4 day weekend trip in Germany. Starting it off with a sunny day, well you just can’t wish for anything better.
We had some coffee and started looking around and taking pictures. Then at some point one of us bumped into a security guard doing his round. We sent some text (seen as all four of us had spread out over the area), met back at our little base, packed up and made ready for the final exit sprint! The last 20 meters we had a car behind us trying to chase us out. But we managed to climb the fence in time, jump into the car and drive away…. Phew

Months later I had a nightmare about this night. We got caught on the terrain and were wearing bulletproof vsts. Then we escaped and we were chased out of this military base by an army tank. Mad scary!



Pentacon six TL, FujiChrome Provia 400



Pentacon six TL, FujiChrome Provia 400



Pentacon six TL, FujiChrome Provia 400

Germany, August 2008.

Hail to the Mother

An abandoned Psychiatric Hospital for women. Several buildings each in a very different state. Thats is exactly what is so nice about this place. Every building has a completely different atmosphere from the inside altho the exteriors look alike. This place was also the host for a yearly get together of people with a mutual interest, discovering abandoned locations. Being in this place the second time around for a party instead of an urbex trip was obviously a completely different experience.

In this series you can also see a reoccurring malfunction of my beloved Pentacon six. The overlapping of frames when a roll of film is not loaded correctly. Thanx to a lot of information on the Internet I have found a technique that prevents this from happening… phew.



Pentacon six TL, FujiChrome Provia400



Pentacon six TL, FujiChrome Provia400



Pentacon six TL, FujiChrome Provia400



Pentacon six TL, FujiChrome Provia400



Pentacon six TL, FujiChrome Provia400



Pentacon six TL, FujiChrome Provia400



Pentacon six TL, FujiChrome Provia400

April 2008.

The Greenhouse

This place is probably my favorite failed attempt of entering an urbex location. The main focus is usually to get inside an abandoned building and wander around there and hopefully seeing some nice detail and furniture or other traces that have been left behind. Although we didn’t manage to get in the main building of this beautiful chateau, we did get in the side wing. Unfortunately this was closed off from the main building. The Greenhouse that was attached to this chateau was so impressive. It was just like someones own tiny little jungle. Another nice surprise was the Rolls-Royce standing in the garage, left behind and falling apart… Sadly I could not take a photo of it.

Pentacon six TL, FujiChrome Provia400

Pentacon six TL, FujiChrome Provia400

Pentacon six TL, FujiChrome Provia400


Have a seat
Pentacon six TL, FujiChrome Provia400

March 2008.

Beelitz & Elstal

Something that is becoming a yearly recurring happening between me and a few friends of mine, is the Berlin Urbex Weekender. Once a year we go to Eastern Germany, do research on abandoned and decaying locations in the area and go camping. They are absolutely amazing. We have stayed at, what I can safely call my favorite, Camping Potsdam. It is situated right next to the Templiner See (see photos of older post), which makes crawling out of your tent in the morning a heavenly experience. These weekends are all about being outside, taking photos of beautiful locations, camping, adventure, campfire’s and last but not least; spending time in Berlin eating sushi, drinking with friends & playing pool. In other words, Happy Time!!!

Beelitz-Heilstätten

Pentacon six TL, Fuji 100S

 

Pentacon six TL, Fuji PRO400H

 

Pentacon six TL, Fuji 100S

 

Pentacon six TL, Fuji PRO400H

 

Pentacon six TL, Fuji PRO400H

 

Pentacon six TL, Fuji PRO400H

 

Elstal

Pentacon six TL, Fuji 100S

 

Pentacon six TL, Fuji 100S

 

Germany, October 2007.

Chocolate Factory

My first Urban Exploring trip ever. Fresh off the flee market I got myself an Olympus Trip-35. Bought for a whopping €5,-. Packed with some 3200 ASA black and white film, me and some friends went to this decayed Chocolate factory to sneak in, have a rummage around and take some pictures.
Seen as the camera I was using had minor setting possibilities, only the roof shots come out well exposed.

Here is the outcome

Roof I
Olympus Trip-35, T-Max P3200

Roof II
Olympus Trip-35, T-Max P3200

Tubes I
Olympus Trip-35, T-Max P3200

Tubes II
Olympus Trip-35, T-Max P3200

Visited summer of 2006.

Lulu’s eerste expo!

In de maanden april en mei heb ik mijn eerste echte expositie gehad in de etalage van Redoble in Amsterdam. Mijn werk heeft gehangen vanaf 5 april tot uiteindelijk 11 mei 2007.

Redoble is een maandelijkse culturele agenda voor Latijns Amerikaanse activiteiten in en om Amsterdam. Het kantoor bevindt zich aan de Eerste Atjehstraat 94 HS, bij het Muiderpoortstation. Ze hebben een etalage waar maandelijks een andere kunstenaar zijn werk vertoont. Schilderijen, fotografie, tekeningen, keramiek, noem maar op.

Het werk dat ik er had hangen was van de serie Chocolate Factory. De foto’s zijn genomen met de Olympus Trip-35 en full frame afgedrukt door mijzelf op Agfa semi-mat zwart/wit papier.