Work in progress, long-term project, started in 2009

 

Brandenburg (also called The Mark)lies in the east of Germany and surrounds Berlin. It is one of the federal states that was recreated in 1990 upon the reunification of the former West-Germany and East-Germany. Demographic shifts in that process are felt heavely. The Region will leave more than 10 percent of its population until 2030.

 

Aktuelle Diskurse zur Entwicklung Branden-burgs und sich vollziehender demografischer Prozesse kreisen um Begriffe wie Struktur-wandel, Landschaft der Entschleunigung, regionaler Teilraum, Luxus der Leere, Freizeitlandschaft, äußerer Entwicklungsraum und weicher kultureller Standortfaktor.

 

MARK
American Excursion
Landscape on Demand (MARK)
High Hopes Spots

Fellini-Cinecitta-Rome / Bono-Ostia Beach / Cassius Clay-Olympic Village-Rome: places of great expectations

 

 

The Filmstudios were foundet 1937 by Musso- lini. In the 1950s Cinecitta was the filming lo- cation for film productions like Ben-Hur and became most closely associated with Federico Fellini.

 

The Olympic Village in Rome was built to house all the participating athletes of the 1960s Summer Olympic Games.

 

Ostia Beach is the nearest beach to Rome. Streching over 10km from the mouth of the Tiber south to Capocotta the sandy costline accomodate thousands of Roman each summer day.

 

 

 

 

Photographs: Rome/November 2013

Photographs: November 2013
Uranium Arcadium

The SAG/SDAG Wismut was uranium mining company in the South East of Germany. It produced a total of 230.400 tonnes of uranium between 1947 and 1990. It was the largest single producer of uranium ore in the entire sphere of control of the USSR. In 1991 after German reunification it was transformed into the Wismut GmbH company, owned by the Federal Republic of Germany, which is now responsible for the restoration and environmental cleanup of the former mining and milling areas.

In Crossen (Sachsen) was produced „Yellow Cake“, a uranium concentrate powder for around 20.000 russian atomic warheads.

 

 

 

 

Photographs: Crossen, Seelingstädt 2013

Unintended Sculptures

Paintball fields, located in the Berlin / Branden-burg Region.

Paintball is a game in which players compete to eliminate opponents by tagging them with marker guns. Paintball technology is also used by military forces, law enforcement, para-military and security organizations to supplement military training as well as playing a role in riot response, and non-lethal suppression of dangerous suspects. Paintball games can be played in indoor locations or on outdoor fields. A game field is scattered with natural or artificial terrain, which players use for tactical cover.

 

 

 

Photographs: 2009-2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Silver Lake
(G. Looks at a Photobook)

The Silver Lake is lokated in Wolfen, South-East Germany. The lake is a flooded open- face mine, contaminetet with waste of the former ORWO photo-film production.

 

 

Series concernd to the photobook „The Pond“ by John Gossage whoose images do not aspire to the „beauty“ of classical landsape photography.

 

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                  Smartphone Photographs  / 2013

 

 

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TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS

Our visual images of the US and our emotional focus on US-culture, history and the landsacape have been deeply shaped by film, photography and advertisement of the second half of the 20th century. Especially after War II the US seems to have invented itself through mythification and iconic imagery.

Transatlantic Relations portraits how US stereotypes are projected and adapted in Europe and how this myth is theme in the US itself. The systematic comparism of one image of the US and one from Europe on a page spread is a contextualisation and modification of the subtext of the images and allows for a play.

 

 

 

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abandoned Red Army areas,
Berlin Surrounding1991-93
rural environment
 Uckermark 1990-94
Spiritual Postcards (US)

Successfull postcard pictures are often visual clechès that depict the kind of the subject matter visitors most readily with the place. At almost all locations, there are certain things that you need to include: paticular views, well-known buildings or monuments and specific landmarks... looking for ´definitive´ shots of a particular area.

Citation: S. Balister / Making Money from Photography in Every Conceivable Way / Google Books

 

Home Improvements

The center districts of Berlin are still shaped by the  ramifications of World War II and the partition of the town in the 20th century. One significance of that special history are nume-rous downtown empty sites. Suchlike vacant lots and their temporary use facing the city- yet in 2014.