maandag 15 september 2014

On the verge of destruction...

In Germany, just across the Belgian and Dutch border lies the region Nordrhein-Westfalen, ...

That particular region is very known for its mining industry of brown coal, a proces that happens above the ground. Once the coal layer has been scraped away the mine has to expand. The villages that are in that expansionzone are being completely bought up and the villagers are "umgesiedelt" or resettled. And the houses? They become ghosttowns that will be completely destroyed within a few years. It is one of those villages, on the verge of destruction, that I visited recently. Perhaps 20 houses remained, dispersed in 4 or 5 streets...

Sad but true, these parts of history have to disappear for the benefit of industry....

3 opmerkingen:

  1. Weliswaar een jammere zaak, maar desalnietemin een bijzonder knappe én boeiende fotoreeks !
    pssst : first line 'GeRmany' ;-)

  2. Geld verwoest schoonheid. Weer eens bewezen!

  3. Ja was het geld maar minder belangrijk.