Take a Photo - Make a Picture
Post Apocalypse is a little story in pictures without a big history in the background. The photos for the story were taken on a two or three hours walk in a later afternoon outside Brașov, Romania. When I started to work and experiment with the raw images, the pictures went in a direction with a post apocalyptic look. With a little more work, I decided to keep the style for the whole series.
Deep in the hills, in the Alsace area in France, decays a big complex that was once a clinic, a sanatorium and even a 4-star hotel. A history that’s told quickly – and a sad story of decay that advances even quicker… But still a tale in pictures to record a moment in time.
Just outside Braşov, Romania, on the way to the mountains, there is a hotel. Many years ago, the hotel got abandoned when the owner stopped to care about it. Since then, a process of decay slowly goes on. Close to a main road, it’s easy to find – and so did people from all around: one needed a bathtub, one a toilet… even door-frames and the smallest things are gone. They may still have an afterlife in a better maintained environment. Despite the ongoing decay, the hotel is still kind of used: some old beer bottles, here and there some clothes, a sleeping bag – homeless people stay in for the night.
Urban exploration – or in short: Urbex – is the exploration of man-made structures, usually abandoned buildings or not usually seen components of the man-made environment. If decay already started to take place, the environment starts to get even more interesting. Although urbexing may sometimes involve trespassing onto private property, this is not always the case.
Still, a lot of interesting places are fenced mostly to keep people away, due to third party liability: no owner wants to be held responsible for an accident which occurred on his property. But where there’s a fence, there is a hole in it.
The word “photography” was created from the Greek roots φωτός (phōtos), genitive of φῶς (phōs), “light” and γραφή (graphé) “representation by means of lines” or “drawing”, together meaning “drawing with light” – or “painting with light”. As drawing and painting are used not only for accurate reproduction but as an art form to represent creativity, visions, ideas and much more, this applies to photography as well. And here is where it starts: to make a picture from a plain photo.