“Fire, water, and government know nothing of
mercy.” - Photo by Jan Bommes
"There are rare moments when a location that has fallen victim to fire has actually gained in therms of 'photographic attactiveness'. Mostly due to smoke and water mixing and generating some of the most beautiful decay that you can find. Moss and mold make a nice green color and the smoke on everything kind of dampens the colors and swallows some of the light entering the rooms."
This abandoned recreation home was a so-called "central pioneer camp". These camps were operated by the East German youth organization (FDJ).
For the young students and teens vacations here were used as an award for achievents in school or social services. Every one of these camps had a large company as provider. In this case, it was a large fishing company. The camp was named after a communist politician and had room for about 800 children.
Although from a Western perspective the political purpose or even suspected indoctrination of these camps seems strange, there are many reports in which children describe their time in this....(more)
This abandoned military hospital is located on a military training area deep in the German forest. Originally built as a hospital for the Wehrmacht, it became part
of a British DP (Displaced Persons)-Camp where survivors of the nearby concentration camp were treated.
In 1948, the British Military Government declared the hospital the central Jewish hospital of the British occupied zone. It was operated yb the german Jewish Central Committee along with various relief organizations.
After the hospital was abandoned, it was turned into a part of the training area. The hospital is not publicly accessible and lies in a restricted military area....(more)
On the evening of the fourth day of our summer vacation, my wife and I met up with our friend Lichtbeschatter, who was going to be with us on our urbex tour the next day.
During dinner, we were planning were to go the next day, when my father called and told me that we could keep the car (which we had borrowed from him) for two more days - just in case we'd like to visit a friend up North and explore some more spots. Although not relevant for the next day, this was great, because it extended our vacation and the list of possible locations for the next couple of days.
Anyway, together with Lichtbeschatter, we planned to leave the mountains and drive to a nearby city wich has a huge abandoned railway repair factory which we were going to visit.....(more)