"I'd like to think the best bunker buster is a
diplomat." - Photo by Jan Bommes
"This one was a lucky shot. I was on a tour of some command post bunkers of the East German People's Army (NVA). While finishing up and starting to pack our stuff, I walked around in one of the shelters and got between my friend and the light that came from the entrance. He immediately suggested we take a photo because of the stark contrast the scene was offering.
Because of the contrast, I decided to give the photo a black and white processing. I rarely do that, but in this case, it came out nicely."
The oldest parts of this unconventional mansion, which in its style reminisces a sacral building, were built sometime in the 18th century. In the 19th century, a
new wing was added in the style of the red brick gothic.
The main floor was used as a chapel. The lateral annex has a noticeable stepped gable with an ornamental facade design.
The mansion is abandoned since 1998......(more)
It was a giant of chemistry.
The history of this abandoned chemical factory goes back to the year 1900, when a company built a cement factory on these premises. The site was chosen wisely, because in the area the industrial processing of lime and cement had been going on since the 18th century. After finishing construction, cement was produced using a dangerous process involving a rotary kiln. This went on until 1939, when another company bought the factory. Due to the war, from 1944, the factory produced synthetic bauxite.
After the war, the Soviet occupants completely removed the factory as reparations. Only the kiln and empty halls were left. In 1950, a fresh start was made in the....(more)
For the last couple of years, it has kind of become a tradition for my wife and me to take her mother on an excursion with us on the second day of christmas.
Last year was no different. We had decided to drive to the North Sea coast and check out an abandoned HAWK site on the way. We had two possible sites on our way.
It was late December in Northern Germany, and the weather acted accordingly. It was bleak. Very bleak. Dark clouds and rain. Not pouring rain, but rain.
The first HAWK site we laid our eyes on was secured and appeared to be in use by local farmers. And you do not want local farmers getting mad at you.
So we drove on to the next site. This one looked fine. It was clear by the looks of it that at some point in the.....(more)