contrasts of life: come a little closer

I have to admit, I am obsessed with ruins. When I see that a building is unoccupied and dilapidated, perhaps even being demolished, I get very excited and it doesn’t take long that I have to go there and look at it. I just love it. What do you think, isn’t it great to have the opportunity of discovering almost everything of an abandoned place? For example things in their original environment that you usually only see at antique flea markets anymore. Footprints of former residents, their tastes in decoration? Besides that I like to imagine how they lived without the comfort of an elevator or heating. And then again their love for detail and the hard work with which such a house was built perhaps 100 years ago and also what hard work it takes now to tear it down. It’s almost like having a look at a doll house (for the girlie part of this post ;-)): you see all the floors and the wallpapers, you can recognize all the individual rooms, can tell where a teenager probably has lived and almost like to put some people back there to watch them cook, laugh, sleep, fight, live…

And then, there are all these contrasts that attract my view like…


…a ruin in front of indian fall trees and illuminated by sunshine vs. noble Gründerzeit buildings behind bare trees and in almost full shadow // colorful leaves vs. broken gas heating pipes…


…a huge chaos of timberwork vs. stable scuffolding // pink and mint colors vs. (almost) natural wood and stone…


…fixed banisters vs. missing stairs (this is my fav one, ’cause I love how the sun shines through that window, it feels like the morning sun you have on your breakfast table with fresh coffee and warm bread rolls)…


…heating elements vs. missing things that need to be heated (this is my second fav one, ’cause, you know, the early 90s…, Madonna and Sly, isn’t that great?!).

But then there are also some similarities: the end of the existence of these walls & the end of this year // the conclusion with the past & the creation of more space for the new to come…

PS: More beautiful ruins and similar places to see in LEipzig are here and there.


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