Prora on the northeast coast of Rügen, Germany. This was once Hitler’s vacation resort for the workers of the 3rd Reiche… now it is being converted to luxury apartments. I would rather had seen that it would had been left as a monument over the failed nazi dream. by Peter Lindberg
The Cement Factory was an important part of the prosperous development of 20th century Sweden. In the mid 1970’s, competition stiffened and the site was deemed too small to be profitable in the long term. In 1979 the machinery stopped for the last time. Quite a few jobs disappeared, but since small businesses have been thriving in the area in increasing numbers after WW2, most of the workforce found new jobs over time. In just a few years after Cementa closed it’s doors, Paroc opened up manufacturing of stone based wool for insulation and is today the largest employer in Hällekis. Population dropped by about 30% from WW2 up to 1970, and has since stayed pretty much the same. The surrounding landscape including Kinnekulle and lake Vänern offers stunning scenery that show lots of trace of the historic importance of the land around Kinnekulle, including Swedens oldest functioning church Västerplana Kyrka and Husaby, where Swedens first christian king was christened and baptized.
I personally enjoy visiting those abandoned spots in everyday society that has been forgotten or simply hangs there in limbo until suddenly the town or its owner remembers it and decides to do something about it. Until then, they are there for us to enjoy, let fantasy rip, use visually…
Prints of my fashion and artsy fartsy stuff make good X-mas presents! 🙂
In my Tictail page I have a lot of prints for sale. Many different motifs and places. Ranging from Italy to Sweden, to New York City and to fashion. Check it out! Order before December 10th to get them in time in North America, and before December 15th to get them before X-mas in EU. The prints are glicée prints from a professional Epson printer on archival paper. Here are a few examples. Shop away! 😉
Rocca Calascio is a really exciting place, one of the highest placed castles in Europe. I was there this summer, and have some shots you can buy as prints. Also make sure to subscribe to my Tictail! See link to Wiki on Rocca Calascio at the bottom.
Well, depends on the demolition AND the photographer. Right? 😉
I got a panic-call from a woman at a number in a small community in the Southern part of the country, and since I am located on the West Coast, I thought maybe it was the wrong number. But no, panic and hurry, thecustomer, NKR Demolition Sweden, needed someone to document a complicated demolition of a bridge for power-cables in a environmentally protected area. They wanted it reportage-style, and I don’t often do that kind of stuff, but what the heck; I had time to spare and it would probably be pretty relaxed, so I said yes. When I arrived at the scene later the same day, I understood why they wanted photographs. This was a complicated thing. Normally they would just have blasted the thing with dynamite or had a huge excavator to crush the thing into the stream, and then dig the rubble up and shit it away. Now the had to build a support-structure, rest the bridge on that and roll it off like a rail-cart out of concrete. PLUS: the bridge was too heavy for any crane big to fit in there to lift in one piece, so it had to be cut up. The put on a lorry and rolled off the premises. And this is what it looked like! Photos of slow, clean demolition. I think they turned out pretty nice! 🙂