My collaboration with Annika von Hausswolff:
Fotograf Axel Berglund
East Prussian Infrastructure 1 (NEW!)
Traveling to the country that used to be East Prussia is like traveling in time. Discovering the ruins of the third Reich can only be described as breathtaking. Unfortunately the eagle was soon to get it´s revenge…
Chateau Miranda offers one of the most surprising and interesting tourist attractions of southern Belgium.
Once upon a time, Belgium was covered by coal mines and coking plants. Today, only ruins remain of an industry that employed hundreds of thousands men in the late 1950s.
Having a slight hang-over, I spent the best part of the sunday morning lying in the back seat of our rented car.
Flying into Croatia, the last thing we expected to find was the ruins of Bob Guccione´s Penthouse empire.
Paying a visit to the beautiful Art Deco sanatorium in Dreux, I finally got the chance to reflect on the role of right wing extremism in Western Europe.
Being a kid during the 1960s was a somewhat dualistic experience. The reality that you were experiencing was a mid-sized and peaceful Swedish town, but a new device was showing you pictures from an entirely different world.
The abandoned blast furnace in Lorraine seems the ideal place for writing about the evolution of the modern European steel industry. In a somewhat peculiar way, it has been one of my pet interests for a very long time
Dresden was once known as the “Florence on the Elbe”, but all of that ended on the night of February 13th 1945. Arthur “Bomber” Harris had finally decided to send off his 1300 bombers in the direction of Saxony´s capital.
The Third Reich has left a surprisingly small number of spectacular ruins. The most well known and visible one is located on an island that lies just off the East German coast. The strange complex is often given the epithets “the world´s longest building” or “the colossus of Rügen”. Dozens of monotonous building blocks stretches along the coast, covering close to five kilometers.
Spreepark is obviously the place for you, if you´re looking for abandoned dinosaurs and Ferris wheels. The park was built by East German bureaucrats, from the Department for Politically Correct Leisure Activities. They managed to construct a truly socialist park, honoring the needs of the working classes in a most satisfactory and efficient way.
Berlin was bombed beyond human comprehension during the last years of the Second World War, and when peace finally came along, the surviving inhabitants had to bring some kind order to the chaos. Naturally, the first priority was to find somewhere to stack the remnants of thousands of magnificent buildings, that had been reduced to a bombed out rubble.
Germany and France
Graffiti was born when technical innovations made during the Second World War was combined to the decay that characterized American inner cities in the 1960s and 1970s. The abandoned buildings and neglected subway trains provided the would-be artists with large and very visible canvases.
Benito Mussolini became Italy´s one and only Duce in 1922. Without anyone knowing, it was the run-up to the final chapters of Europe´s most devastating tragedy that was being written. In Germany, Adolf Hitler was impressed and inspired by Mussolini´s fast rise to power, as well as his special breed of socialism, anti-communism and nationalism.
We´re continuing our journey into the forgotten remnants of Italy´s fascist dreams. Furthermore, this gallery gave me a possibility to gain new insights into the surprising connections that exists between Italy and Albania.
Penetrating the hills of Sicily, you just might stumble upon a beautiful and empty baroque town. Poggioreale´s citizens left in the afternoon of the 14th of January 1968, and they would never return.
Latvia was the westernmost part of the Soviet Union, which gave it a critical strategic importance. Hence, the first of our latvian galleries includes some remarkable pictures several from abandoned Soviet bases and surveillance stations.
Approaching Ignalinas remaining nuclear reactor, I felt like being part of a surreal movie. Visitors are rare in this part of Lithuania in mid-december and grim-looking security-men seemed deeply suspicious of our activities.
During the 1970s and 80s, the Lenin shipyard set the scene for some of Europe´s most decisive moments. Tumultuous strikes were followed by frightful massacres, as tanks met with unarmed workers. When hope finally seemed to linger, generals in full regalia appeared, declaring emergency law.
Sitges seems to be a real Mecca for Spanish ruin hunters. During one single morning we were able to visit two quite wonderful spots, while still being able to get a sun tan.
The amazing ruins of Bengt Nygrens Buketten empire lies on the outskirts of Eskilstuna.
I am often asked about the “best” and most spectacular Swedish industrial ruins. Clearly, Deje was among the top three, with its combination of rust, rotting plastics and utter chaos, all placed in an unusually pleasant landscape.
Hasselblad used to be one of the world´s most famous camera producers. It was Walter Schira, who was one of the first astronauts, that made the choice to use a Hasselblad on one of the first space missions. After that, it became NASA´s official camera. Hasselblad´s reputation grew immense, and it seemed to have been granted an almost God-given niche in the camera industry.
The 1960s and 70s were the decades that ice hockey made its breakthrough in Sweden. The abandoned arena in this gallery is one of the last remaining “ice palaces” that was the key to this remarkable evolution.