Without really being aware of it, every time spring comes I find myself repeating some patterns. If on one predictable hand I can’t help being drawn to blossoming nature, on the other I feel the urge to get away from the crowds and make the most of the abandoned places Berlin (still, but God knows for how long) has to offer.
And each time it’s a different kind of experience
We broke in the abandoned swimming pool in Pankow, on a lazy late Spring afternoon, by simply walking through the front door. No thrills involved, yet one of the calmest and most peaceful atmospheres: where dust particles dance in slow motion through ubiquitous light beams and your steps on broken glasses and the far cry of some random kids playing outside are the only noises to be heard.I grew up surrounded by plants.
When was the last time you broke in a gigantic abandoned nazi chemical factory? Ours was last July, when Anna and Chris, after we last said goodbye to them in London in November 2016, finally came to visit us in Berlin.
Rüdersdorf Chemiewerk has to be one of my old time urban exploration favourites. Why? Well, first of all, it’s humongous enough to easily keep you busy for hours. Secondly, the thrill of it doesn’t fade away since breaking in is actually not so simple, nor making your way out without being caught. Last reason and probably the most relevant to me: it works astoundingly as a set for portraits.
Bet I made you curious
Nikon N55, Petzval 58 Bokeh Control, Fuji Superia 200 (35)
Miranda Sensomat RE, Fujicolor 200 (35)