East Germany’s Soviet Heritage – Löwen-Adler barracks and the Elstal Olympic Village

East Germany’s Soviet Heritage – Löwen-Adler barracks and the Elstal Olympic VillageWhen hearing of the Olympic Village for the 1936 Berlin Games, then people quickly think about Hitler, the Nazis as well as their making a cult out of Hindenburg, the former WW I hero and later President of the Reich. However also the Soviet Army lodged itself in strategically well located Elstal and its Löwen-Adler Kaserne military barracks, leaving a very interesting melange behind as in the Olympic Village not only a terrific abandoned swimming pool can be seen, but also a mix of clearly recognizable Nazi elements and typical Soviet iconography »»

East Germany’s Soviet Heritage

East Germany’s Soviet HeritageDue to widespread demonization and digitally categorising everything in good and evil, some Westerners will surely misunderstand my photo series “East Germany’s Soviet Heritage” thoroughly as being propaganda or glorification. I do the project primarily because of my huge interest in history and Soviet Union as well as Communist times being definitely everything but boring. Both things are unique and, no matter if I want it or not, they are part of my life and me growing up »»

East Germany’s Soviet Heritage – Soviet eyrie Sperenberg

East Germany’s Soviet Heritage – Soviet eyrie Sperenberg“Heather of the Mark, Sand of the Mark” – that is what Brandenburg State’s anthem is all about and to the south of Berlin, in Sperenberg you can find plenty of it as meanwhile nature took over from once deployed Soviet airmen. Being built by GDR for its big brother and comrade in arms, the Russians used the airfield until 1994. Since then the huge 24 km² extensive abandoned area is exposed to decay »»

East Germany’s Soviet Heritage – Krampnitz’ Tanks at the Gates of Berlin

East Germany’s Soviet Heritage – Krampnitz’ Tanks at the Gates of BerlinKrampnitz near Potsdam, at the doorstep of Berlin, was a big military base of the tank troops of former GSFG, the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany. More and more abandoned witnesses like Krampnitz disappear as they get reconquered by nature again or humans level everything to the ground. Krampnitz will face that destiny as well, but unlike other military camps it got perpetuated by Hollywood movie “Enemy at the Gates” »»

In the Final Round…!

logo_en I am on the way to Moscow now, to attend to the award ceremony of Golden Turtle, a big international photo contest and […] the largest international eco-cultural educational project, carried out in Russia. I have no idea which one of my photos made it into the final round and I have no clue if I’ll win or not, but it’s quite an honour having reached the last round of the first photo contest I have ever joined at the first go. Why the first ever? Well, just have a look at the mouseprinted terms & conditions of National Geographic & Co. that should make you think twice before uploading photos… Let’s have a look what will happen :-)   »»

Syria photo series revised

Syria photo series revisedI am more than happy to have visited Syria…! The country plunged into complete disaster as the civil war threw the country at incredible turmoil. The war tore families, friends and everyday life apart and had a massive impact on all cultural sites as well of course. Nothing is like it was before…, which is pretty inconceivable for us stability-blessed westerners. As an hommage to a country with an incredible hospitality and a worlwide unique historic substance I have put the photo material taken in 2007 to a revision, also because the software side of digital photography is subject to technical evolution. Nowadays, only 7 years after my journey, writing down the word Syria rather leads to receiving intelligence service attention instead of awakening excitement for a genuine Crusader fortress, thousands of years old settlements or ancient Roman ruins. Sad…! »»

The Poor, the Cool and History – Riding on Berlin’s U8

The Poor, the Cool and History – Riding on Berlin’s U8Besides being Berlin’s second North-South connection the U8 line is first and foremost a journey through history as well as social structures of the German capital. Beginning at the mystic Märkisches Viertel, having its own rules, the U8 route leads through nowadays central Berlin being annexed by trend victims, parasitic hipster Yankees and new arrived wanna-be Berliners around Rosenthaler Platz, to end at the original Kreuzberg and Neukölln districts, where life in summer happens in the streets, the Mediterranean way, where Berlin’s multi-cultural facet becomes more apparent again »»

xflo:w photo calendar 2015 – South Pacific and Architecture

xflo:w photo calendar 2015 – South Pacific and ArchitectureAlso the year 2015 will see again two high quality variants of the annually produced xflo:w photo calendar. Thematically the first calendar reflects the South Seas, a journey I made earlier this year through the island world of the South Pacific. The other calendar shows architecture photos I have taken throughout the last years with images featuring a strong geometrical or abstract aspect. Have a look at the following preview: »»

xflo:w Photo Calendar 2014

xflo:w Photo Calendar 2014Thanks a lot for the success of the Kamchatka calendar released last year. Also for 2014 I will publish a photo calendar, even two calendars again, to be precise as photogenic New Zealand’s varity leaves me no choice. You can choose between a mountain and volcano edition or a calendar featuring coasts and wildlife. Read on to see the preview »»