Ironworks. Up!





The ironworks shown here and in earlier posts are Völklinger Hütte (Völklingen Ironworks) in Saarland. Founded in 1873, they are now defunct. However the factory is now a World Heritage cultural site open to visitors.

Most of the pictures show details of the blast furnaces proper. More pictures taken on the top platform can be seen either here or in the Industrial Zone Gallery.

Walking the site felt like being in a strange yet exciting dream… I think that for anyone visiting Germany, these ironworks would counterpoint places like Heidelberg or Neuschwanstein very nicely.

Plato’s Cave Revisited. (Ironworks.)


“I look and sometimes I see,” writes Siri Hustvedt. That could be a good start for a photographic process. When and if I see, I sometimes use my camera to report it. Occasionally the resulting photograph resembles what I saw (it is then a good photo in my eyes). And sometimes it succeeds in making those who look at it see something too: What do you see? I wonder.

Modern Aircraft

296-31 296-35Sometimes subjects and interests seem to have a life of their own.

By the end of December 2012, I drove to Frankfurt Airport to photograph some airplanes and – if possible – some of the airport’s navigational signs (a plan that had formed upon the desire to photograph ‘some machinery’ in an abstract way). I knew fairly well I could get really close to the historic aircraft at the Airlift Memorial; I knew fairly well what kind of pictures I wanted; and after two hours I knew the session had gone well.

Preparing the pictures for presentation in this blog, I realized there was more to them than just ‘abstract machinery’. For me, the pictures also transported a fascination with airports and flying (I vividly remember being taken on a short trip aboard a Piper Tomahawk) as well a sense of history: What does the memorial refer to? How were these planes used? And what can the memorial tell us about those who erected it?

In short: “The Berlin Train”, made at the Airlift Memorial, became a trigger – or should I say: ‘seed’ for other projects: I am currently trying to pursue both subjects, flight (or traffic) and memorials (or remembering). And both lead me to new insights, not only in terms of pictures but also in understanding things.

Special thanks to air traffic control at Verkehrslandeplatz Mainz-Finthen (EDFZ) for the permission to photograph the taxiway area. – This is also my contribution for this week’s photo challenge, for the the reflections on these planes are, in my view,  fleeting.


289-31290-22This week’s photo theme is “Resolved“, and Sara kindly suggested that the resolution might as well be about our photography: In 2013, I would like to make pictures that are quite abstract – because I just love playing with the pictorial space – yet tell of a story.

So here are pictures I made when I visited the Luftbrücke memorial near Frankfurt Airport. It is my story about a place that reminds us of a transatlantic story (and of a story that tells us how problems can be resolved).