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In a bed of grass

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In a city near Erfurt Germany in a burned out and abandoned hotel this room sits quiet amongst the bustle of the busy city outside, slowly it is being reclaimed by nature and no one knows of the beauty that sits inside this abandoned building only a few feet from the sidewalk.

The hotel suffered from a fire 3 years ago but it was purchased by a man who used his brothers stolen passport to obtain the loan. The hotel is just sitting in idle decline while the German courts try to decide who ownership of the property belongs to now.

This photo was picked up and published in National Geographics "photos we love" Best of July 2012

And picked as a Daily Deviation on 2012-08-18

Also this photo won first place in the 2012 Jula international photography festival held in Munich Germany

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Image details
Image size
5612x3739px 11.84 MB
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/15 second
Focal Length
17 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jul 24, 2012, 3:05:43 PM
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glvonriesen's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

I can only say that this work of art goes beyond beauty and composition and transports one to the reality and spontaneity of life. It is a subtle reversal of emotions. At first brutally shocking yet draws the viewer quickly into a euphoric state of pleasure and tranquility. History combined with hope. The cycle of destruction and birth in an eternal dance witnessed within the confines of a moment. The stark contrast between brilliance, shadow, and the out of context object adds to the mystery which excites the mind of the viewer to ponder the meaning of life. Beyond this words become meaningless.
Vioxtar's avatar
That was amazing.
Lykantos's avatar
The beauty of nature.
cas20's avatar
A stolen passport, that guy's in a lot of trouble. Nice picture.
DanP2002's avatar
I would go in and look for cool stuff to take lol. im just that way.
Adept-eX's avatar
I love the urban decay and when the nature takes over the man-made enviroment. This pic is simply fantastic and a source of inspiration :thumbsup:
jghgrh's avatar
This is amazing,that It is slowly it is being reclaimed by nature.
mscontradiction's avatar
This is still by far my favorite photograph of an abandoned building. The perspective is on point and the colors you've captured are beautiful in being both prominent and subtle at the same time. Amazing capture.
HeyNay's avatar
WOW.. Fantastic! :woohoo:
Titanium-Alex's avatar
I don't know if anyone here has heard of Abney Park (the band), but when I saw this, this song immediately sprang to mind: [link]

This is a great photo, one which made me stop and sort of go 'whoaaa' when I saw it!
TemariAtaje's avatar
You should join my photography group :iconcaptureamomentphotos: I like your work!
nathan3211's avatar
Simply Beautiful...
RebornOfDarkness's avatar
Wow! This is amazing!*__*
living-in-a-garden's avatar
Perfection in every way.
awrah's avatar
Devastation to renewal; very nice.
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Moeker's avatar
Hey there!
I have been wondering, since im going to erfurt in a few weeks, if you could tell me where exactly this burned out hotel could be found :O i would love to go there and take a look myself :3

Would be nice if you could help me out there ^.^

Greets from a german~

Oh, and a WONDERFUL picture you did there!
Mafia--Hitman's avatar
It is not in Schweinfurt it is in a town 2 hours from Schweinfurt in the Harz mountains
Moeker's avatar
i did not even mention schweinfurt XD you said its close to erfurt (somewhat) and im going to be there soon so i was interested... you think you could give me google maps coords or an address?
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