This time we explored some old Army barracks somewhere in Belgium, luckily not yet trashed and sprayed all over with graffiti! These barracks are not abandoned since there are still patrols checking this area out but it's in a great state of dereliction.
Here I approached this location in another way, using off camera flash to highlight some areas and simulate sunlight.
All images shot with an Fuji X-E1, the XF14 and an SB700...
A few days ago we explored H15, a former abbey that was converted to a prison. The first inmates arrived in 1822. In the highdays this prison, as sources mention, had a capacity of around 1000 prisoners. This place is so big that we needed several hours to explore it and we didn't even see everything. In 2011 H15 was closed and abandoned...
All pictures were taken with a Fuji X-E1 and the XF 14mm f/2.8
Now on to the pictures ...
The Adler- und Löwenkaserne, build in 1935 near the Olympic village was taken over by the Soviets in 1945 just as happened with Kaserne Krampnitz. When the Soviets left in the early 90's the buildings were in rather good shape that there was decided to keep it active for the Bundeswehr. Due to soil contamination however these plans were abandoned and this place is empty since 1998. Also a huge and vast complex that soon will be reconversed as says the sign outside. Work is also in progress there as is patroling security.
Sadly enough, the lioness ( symbol of this place) has been moved to a safer place earlier this year to keep it secure from vandalism. I will keep on repeating that true Urbexers take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footsteps in the dust...
All pictures shot with the Fuji X-E1 and the XF14mm.
Kaserne Krampnitz was used by the German Army from 1937 till 1945 where the Soviet Army took over before abandoning it in 1992.
It is a very vast complex and we didn't have time to explore it fully due to the shortage of daylight and the patroling security guard. Besides Russian newspapers and a few signs we didn't see any Nazi or Soviet highlights. Gone forever or we simply didn't find them. Fact is that there is work in progress here and the sign outside mentiones a development area for the near future.
All shots taken with the Fuji X-E1 and the XF14mm.
Now on to the pictures ...
For a long time I wanted to go and visit Beelitz-Heilstätten, a world famous place in Urbex-land. I will not bore you with details and history of this place since there is plenty of info to be found on the Internet
My decision to visit this came rather too late because almost the whole area was in hands of private security agencies with their noticable presence and brandnew fencing. These actions are the result of vandals trashing this beautiful location as true Urbexers take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but their footprints in the dust.
All images shot with the Fuji X-E1 and the XF14mm.
Anyhow still impressive to see. Now on to the pictures...
Some months ago I was contacted by Pascale and Paul to see if I was interested to photograph their wedding. So we met to talk about their wishes, visit the venue, the church and other places where the coupleshoot could take place. This fine couple didn't want standard pictures of their great day so I decided to combine reportage-style shots (with no flash for the church ) with strobist shots for the couple shoot.
All images were taken with 2 Fuji X-E1 coupled with the XF35 and the XF14. During the eveningdance I had to switch to my Nikon D600 and the SB700 because here the Fuji did perform less.
Thank you Pascale and Paul for putting your faith in my skills to record such an important day !