A macro meditation.
The church at Eching, St, John the Baptist, was built in 1711 after the original Gothic church was destroyed when the River Isar flooded in 1709. It´s a typical Bavarian Baroque church with it´s “onion” topped tower. There has been a religious building at this site since at least 748.
There are still a few surviving stretches of the old town wall in Landshut. One bit runs along the banks of the Rivar Isar – hence the life belt hanging on the wall.
Before I went to the Kultfabrik, I walked around these high rise office blocks. There are some interesting shots to be made here.
The Kultfabrik revealed two fine specimens of the family, “Lost Shoe”. This time I´m also including an in situ shot to give you an idea as to how this shoe was laying and what also surrounded it.
I think the effect is one of a random still life, or maybe random still decay.
The Kultfabrik is an “Edgeland” at the centre of Munich, parts of it seem to be decaying back into a feral state, right there amongst the night life and the infrastructure that services it.
A fascinating and stimulating place
By primetime, I mean I´ve just bought the 50mm Nikkor prime lens, it´s not so obvious as the big “oooh missis what a whopper!” zoom lenses. To try it out I had a wander around the Kultfabrik near the east main station in Munich. It occupies what used to be the Pfanni ready made food factory – they make things with spuds – the jury is out on that one!
The Kultfabrik is the home to a load of clubs, bars and a 30m high climbing gym. What really attracts me to the place is that I feel at home there, it could be in Liverpool or Manchester and has a great mix of dirt, colour and life! In fact it´s not really much like the usual impression one gets of squeaky clean Munich. These boxing machines and the wall behind really give one a visual upper cut to the jaw – great stuff!. I spent a couple of hours walking around the place and found – YES – two lost shoes, which I will be posting soon, maybe even tomorrow. So watch this space. Actually on the lost shoe front it´s been a bumper day, because I found one this morning too! I´m going to do more work here, coming back when the place is open and the clubers are out and about.
And my opinion about the prime lens? It´s fab!
If the Cold War had ever gone hot, the opening phase, before Dr, Strangelove took over, would have been fought in Germany. Therefore both sides massed troops in either East or West Germany. To keep these soldiers gainfully employed and to stop them getting up to mischief, large expanses of land (on both sides) were taken to be used as military training grounds. One such training ground, which by the way in German is called a Truppenübungsplatz, a great compound word, was situated near Landshut. After the Wall came down these plots of land became redundant to military requirements and many have since been turned into nature reserves. In the eastern part of Germany wolves have actually been sighted as they move slowly back west!
The Landshut Truppenübungsplatz has also been turned into a nature reserve and buts onto farmland. This site of special interest has a mixture of wet bogland and heathland. The tanks, as they moved over the area, churned up the ground creating areas of bog which have been kept wet by regularly driving tracked vehicles over it. Sheep graze the heathland in summer stopping the encroachment of “foreign” plant sorts. There are still traces of it´s military past to be seen, the most noticeable being the cobbled tracks for the tanks to use as they moved from one part of the range to the other. The tracks are slowly being colonized by greenery and will one day disappear. Until that day, they offer a sort of view back, a form of Cold War archeology, to a time when Dr Strangelove was being held in check by mutual terror.