VEB KÜHLOMAT, BERLIN – WONDERLAND OF GRAFFITI

In fact this site in Berlin comprises one of the most weird locations which I have visualized and explored so far. What I am showing here is however not at all comprehensive as this huge premises tends to be more a wild industrial labyrinth of ruins in continuous change, a real adventure playground with varied looks and diverse risky ambitions.

The place is better known under its original name Flughafen Johannisthal and was in use as an airport until the early 50s of the last century. Being situated in the Eastern part of Berlin the facilities were then changed to a huge industrial production area of cooling devices by the administration of the former German Democratic Republic being called VEB Kühlomat. After the unification of Germany this industrial site was closed in the early 90s of the last century and set into a deep sleep till today.

I have visited the strange place in early September for a couple of hours and therefore only seen a part of the endless technical jungle where nature tries to cover all again quite quickly. Everywhere debris is lying in the way like thoughtful obstacles but more dangerous are unexpected holes in the grounds and the poor condition of the halls, hangars and buildings where several fires have occured in the recent years such making the site not safer and a bit spooky in general. 

So when loafing around this particular enchanted place several nervous and insisting noises always accompanied me on my obscure way so as if the ground was mourning and complaining about its fate – groaning wooden beams, dissolving walls and a curious sharp wind drifting around the next dilapidated corner leading to a contradictional but pure amazement overall.

The fabulous site attracts a lot of creative people as an open and free space for their multiple ambitions in the sector of murals and graffiti. And it is fascinating to realize how a little bit of colour can change a place of decay to something else and again completely  new. 

You may still find quite a lot of places like this in the German capital but the number is anyhow decreasing. So it is also not clear how long this site will exist in its actual shape furtheron because the building of new houses with urgent required appartments is planned here by the city for 2021. 

If you intend stepping into this labyrinth, it may be found in Berlin-Treptow at Segelfliegerdamm. You have only to look for options in order to cross the fence, such opportunities are always available somewhere.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Our World

MYSTERIES OF A BACKYARD

SOME BACKYARDS TO BE FOUND ARE COMPLETE STILL-LIFES IN ITSELF WHERE A SURPRISE TO WAIT AT EACH CORNER AND TRACKS OF FORMER INHABITANTS WHO HAVE ALREADY LEFT THIS PLACE LONG TIME AGO.

THE MYSTERIES OF SUCH A PLACE ARE CHALLENGING AND LEAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS WHICH LEAD US TO FURTHER UNCOMMON RIDDLES DEALING ABOUT OBJECTS MONITORING US HERE AT EACH OF THESE AWESOME MOMENTS SPENT WITHIN SUCH AN ENTANGLED YARD.

linked to:   Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Backyard

 

GAME-CHANGER IN THE GREENS

TOO BIG TO FAIL WHEN PLAYING HERE AND NOW  HEAVY ROCK-BALL IN THE WIDE INFINITE SAVANNA? THEN AT TWILIGHT IT IS THE RIGHT TIME TO START SIMPLY ANOTHER SURVEY ON SUCH PLAYING GROUNDS AS A GAMECHANGER BETWEEN MAGICAL SHADOWS. WHEN BOOSTING TO THE END POINT OF THIS WINDY CONFUSED ROUTE AT THE GRASSLANDS’ HORIZON, TO BEGIN THE ETERNAL PLAY ANOTHER TIME AGAIN AND AGAIN …………….

linked to:   Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Play

 

ORIENTAL SPOTLIGHTS

Well, I really had to search my old Chinese wedding chest for proofs concerning a 4 week trip of all Egypt in the 80s of the last century. Fortunately all photos still existing after more than 30 years of storage and now somehow also antique. So welcome back to the world of simplest analog photography which I find indeed more touching than all these bits and bytes of today. It is real paper and memory to be felt, rather oldfashioned these days I know.

Abu Simbel site in Southern-Egypt by mid of October 1985
Small temple of Nefertari, 13th century BC

The Oriental world has played an important part in my life, and this trip to Egypt in 1985 was my first encounter with this fascinating cosmos. The visit of Abu Simbel in the very Southern part of Egypt near the Sudanese border was truly a real highlight in this regard because the archeological site is a quite remote place in the Nubian desert at the shores of Lake Nasser. To visit the location was quite easy while diverse agencies in the big city of Aswan offer daily trips to Abu Simbel.

We were leaving Aswan at around 4 a.m. very early (due to the high temperatures) and driving with some kind of jeep or SUV first on a road later on a good sandy piste. Camel caravans from Sudan passed our way on their way to the camel markets of Luxor and/or Cairo, food for the many Egyptians living in the valley of the Nile. The trip from Aswan to Abu Simbel takes about 3 hours, so we arrived shortly before the sun was rising above Lake Nasser. The sun is still very strong and dazzling even in October, so the temperatures increase rapidly.

With the first sunrays of the day I was able to make some photos of this spectacular place constructed by the ancient Pharaonic kingdom of Egyot. At this place in the wide desert you already get a good feeling of vast Africa stretching further thousands of miles to the South.

Zoomorphic Arabic calligraphy by Mohammed Negm, 2009
reflecting his full name in the form of an eagle. (1) (2)

linked to:   Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Age

(1)  This graphic being published under the GNU Free Documentation License.
(2)  The national emblem of Egypt is Saladin’s famous eagle – also on its flag.

WINTER DREAM – A LEFT VILLAGE IN VAST AND CHILLY WOODS

In January we visited this cool place being directly situated at the German-Polish border in the meadows of the river Neisse and being called ‘Kulturinsel Einsiedel’.  There you will find the 1st treehouse hotel of Germany and also small summer huts, but on this premise the people also construct and build treehouses for worldwide export.

dsc_0019During our visit we were the only guests in the treehouse hotel while it was quite cold in the night and as well in the early morning around – 10° Celsius. Fortunately there was electrical heating in the treehouse otherwise it would have been not so nice. In summer it will be definitely more crowdy there as an overnight stay in a treehouse means just great fun and adventure especially for children.

For going to the toilet this icy bridge had to be crossed, then downstairs again to normal level and another 150 m walk through the frosty forest, so we refrained from using these facilities during the night. However, we really appreciated our short visit in the woods, the sleep in the treetops and the profound experience of winter in a real borderland.

dsc_0033linked to     Dutch goes the Photo – Tuesday Photo Challenge “Build”

MYSTERIOUS SMOKE KITCHEN

When I visited Penzlin Castle some time ago, the small tour allowed a view into the old smoke kitchen but when entering, the room entirely was just black and dark, only some details and corners were rarely illuminated by small spotlights.

The open fire-place itself was not really visible and all appeared quite spooky although this really used to be the place where meals were cooked for the former owner of the ancient castle and his guests. So here you get only a more imaginative idea of how primordial, rural, smoky and simple life used to be mostly during these medieval times.

This photo shows a view of the funnel vault from 1520 with a 12 m high chimney which was also utilized for smoking fish or meat. The light conditions were really poor but at least some tools did emerge from this more creepy darkness.

But where to find an espresso machine? Even coffee not available for breakfast just wine and beer those days, the socalled medieval diet.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Kitchen