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Historical Memory

Work in process

Exploring the connection between humans and nature.

Considering historical memory and the legacies we leave behind.

Contrasting ancient and modern landscapes to understand the evolution of our environments.

Examining architecture that integrates natural resources without relying on extractive methods.

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Birds of Barcelona

Birdwatching diary during lockdown of Barcelona.

I share with our neighbours a communal roof top which we can excess from time to time.

The roof top had become my favourite spot during lockdown.

We are surrounded by beautiful birds, that we never noticed since the 20 years.

Normally I hear the sound of  a busy city  which for the time being has been replaced by twittering of birds…

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Prora 1998

Prora

The Colossus of Prora, more commonly referred to simply as “Prora,” is a massive architectural complex located in the municipality of Binz on the island of Rügen, Germany. Constructed by Nazi Germany between 1936 and 1939 as part of the Strength Through Joy (Kraft durch Freude or KdF) initiative, it comprised eight identical buildings stretching 4.5 km parallel to the beach, with surviving structures covering 3.0 km..
Although originally intended as a holiday resort, construction was left incomplete, and the complex was never utilized for its intended purpose. Instead, Prora became a significant tool for Nazi propaganda, with the regime glorifying the immense effort put into its construction as symbolic of their own strength and power.

Following World War II, the complex served various military functions, initially under the Soviet Army, then the East German Volksarmee, and later the German Bundeswehr. Today, it accommodates a sizable youth hostel, a hotel, and holiday apartments.

Designated as a significant heritage site, Prora stands as a stark reminder of Nazi architecture and ideology.

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Living in Caves

People who live in caves shaped by lava

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Shanty towns in Madrid 2003

Shanty town in Madrid

When I first met the inhabitants of the “Chabolas,” I had to contact the “chief” of the gypsy community.

He advised me to seek permission from each family specifically to take pictures.

I was deeply impressed by how the interiors of the huts were arranged. 

It revealed a world of fantasy and creative improvisation to me. There are hardly any standards of the so-called modern world, which generally reflects a high degree of equality dictated by design.

In many huts, Tetra Pak material was used as wallpaper, which sealed the huts against humidity. 

Additionally, one of the owners told me that he loves the colorful atmosphere created by the empty juice containers.

Each family has constructed their own hut, with the support of their neighbors.

The population of the “Chabolas” are like little islands surrounded by jammed motorways and new expensive suburban housing. Their strong sense of common life is organised by their own rules and traditions.

The ¨Chabolas¨ I photographed stood out as an anomaly in comparison to the “dire conditions” that these populations typically endure.

I photographed the documentary for Colors Magazine in 2003.

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Brasilia, “Cidade Ceu / the Heavenly City”

Brasilia, “Cidade Ceu / the Heavenly City”

The dream to create a new capital for Brazil started in 1846, when the country gained independence from Portugal.
In the 1550s and 60s, under president Kubitchek, was built the futuristic capital city of Brasil, in the dry plains of Central Brasil, 600 kilometers away from
the nearest coast.
Brasilia’s creators, Oscar Niemeyer and urban planner Lucio Costa created a vast piece of contemporary art and a utopian model of an egalitarian modern
city. It was built in a very short time with the help of thousands of workers who built the “superquadras” which divided the city into living, working and
entertainment sectors.

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Chandigarh, the concrete jungle

Chandigarh, the concrete jungle

The city is the capital of the Punjab region which is placed north of Delhi.
It was created in the early 50´s by a team of architects headed by Le Corbusier, Jane Drew and Maxwell Fry.
The idea was to build a new city in the foothills of the Himalayas that fused Modern Movement and Garden City ideals.
Most of the Government buildings and Monuments were designed by Le Corbusier in his unique style.

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Barcelonas unexpected Architecture

Barcelonas unexpected Architecture

This photographic project showcases unexpected architecture that I discovered and photographed while walking in Barcelona. These buildings possess their own unique personalities, standing out and surprising viewers, not necessarily conforming to conventional standards of beauty. Some were designed by renowned architects, while others remain completely unknown.

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Astana, the youngest and most peculiar capital in the world

Astana, the young and most peculiar capital in the world

After Kazakhstan gained indepence from the USSR in 1991 the autocratic President Nursultan Nazarbayev, ever since in power, ordered to construct a new capital for the low populated country which is the size of western Europe.
Billions of dollars from oil and gas have been used to create flashy designed buildings. Amongst them, a tower in the shape of a flower vase, a pyramid, emerald colored apartment blocks, the world largest marquee shopping mall, gigantic, ¨Games of Thrones¨ style monuments, a fairy tale presidential palace and many more Lego style arrangements designed by architect’s labels.
The city is still spreading out in the lonely and desolated endless steppe.

Link to an article in Artsy

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Frontón walls in Spanish Villages

Frontón walls in Spanish Villages

Frontón is a handball game where single or double opponents compete by hitting a small rubber ball with their hands against a wall.
Usually, the fronton wall can be found in the main square, the natural meeting spot of the villages.
In many places, the exterior of the church mural served as a fronton wall. Priests became well known players as they had the wall nearby and
met with the villagers after the Sunday mass for a match.
But when fronton became a more commercialized sport, the men of god retreated from competing and served as referees.
What once was a space for social gatherings and enthusiastic fronton competitions has often become a purposeless wall.
For the first part of my project, I photographed the fronton walls in the province of Soria, Zaragoza, Salamanca, Zamora and Avila.
The harsh living conditions of the isolated villages in Spain led to rural depopulation as people moved to the cities for better jobs and
opportunities. The present generation is still firmly rooted in their motherland, many spend their summer break in their former villages and get together for a fronton match.
But the glorious old days have passed.
What is left in the Spanish hinterland are empty or dune populated villages where the century old walls are reminders of a vivid past and a
fading cultural identity.

Why am I fascinated by Frontón walls:
Fronton walls are telling us a story of the people who have played here over the past centuries.
The walls are marked by the many ball hits and scribblings left over the years. I can still hear and feel the emotions of the players, the show,
and the spectators who went along, who cheered enthusiastically, and were pleased or upset when their favorite players lost. As you walk
around the village, you can hardly hear any sound apart from a bird chirping or the wind blowing around the closed houses.
The walls stand there in silence and could be confused with a unique and peculiar installation of a contemporary artist.

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