Klärwerk 1909

Monday, July 2 2012, 2:29 AM

I know that ever since I mentioned a second location in the story with the day ticket, you have been sitting and wondering what I was talking about. I have good news. The sleepless nights and nervously running around in circles ends today. Here it is. I actually visited it much earlier that day, the city was still asleep when I stumbled out of the train. No cars were driving along the streets, the curtains in most windows were still closed. The sun was shining bright out of a blue sky. Going solo on unknown terrain always makes you pay a lot more attention to your surroundings.

The Room (HDR)
The Room (HDR)

Two people very obviously wearing low profile clothing emerged from the bushes just a few hundred meters down a long, straight side road. One of them was carrying a cylindrical black bag and as they suspiciously casually strolled closer, the Manfrotto Logo gave them away. They were fellow explorers and as it turned out, they were already on the way to their next location. After exchanging a few short tips and tricks, all of us carried on with their days of wonderful adventures.

Small Chains (HDR)
Small Chains (HDR)

The location is a sewage plant, built in the early 20th century and abandoned for a while in favor of larger, more modern plants. There is not that much to be said about it, it is essentially just one big room, but with beautiful architecture. When describing architecture, most people seem to label things as either gothic, art deco or modern. But, to be more precise, the style of architecture presented here is called Art Nouveau. The only way I can describe it is that it has a lot of similarities with art deco but features (surprisingly) more decorative elements. At the end of the day, I find both very appealing.

The Entrance
The Entrance

More than a century of moisture and pigeons had covered the place with a very special patina comprised of several layers of rust and pigeon excrement. Everything was bathed in warm sunlight falling in through the partly broken windows in the walls and ceiling. Now, rust is a common sight in abandoned places, but here the shapes and colors were something I hadn't seen before. The metal was dissolving but at the same time growing in an almost organic matter, eventually becoming dust on the floor. For once I didn't regret bringing along the macro lens.

Large Chain
Large Chain

The harsh sunlight combined with the strong natural contrast created by the rust prompted me to do a lot more HDR than I usually do. You have been warned - now go and check all the pictures in the gallery:

Klärwerk 1909

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