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Soviet Military Base SW

A symphony for hangars and barracks

Former DDR, Germany.

Where the wind was playing with the remains of the old helicopter hangars at Soviet Military Base SW. Former DDR, Germany. October 2014.

Where the wind was playing with the remains of the old helicopter hangars.

Where the wind was playing with the remains of the old helicopter hangars.

Mysteriously straight roads, leading into the forest ... Soviet Military Base SW. Former DDR, Germany. October 2014.

Mysteriously straight roads, leading into the forest ...

Mysteriously straight roads, leading into the forest ...

Barracks start to appear. But it's not the standard grey ones. No, these are of an older type. Soviet Military Base SW. Former DDR, Germany. October 2014.

Barracks start to appear. But it's not the standard grey ones. No, these are of an older type.

Barracks start to appear. But it's not the standard grey ones. No, these are of an older type.

Gazebo by the hospital barracks at Soviet Military Base SW. Former DDR, Germany. October 2014.

Gazebo by the hospital barracks.

Gazebo by the hospital barracks.

Flats. Probably for the officers and their families. Soviet Military Base SW. Former DDR, Germany. October 2014.

Flats. Probably for the officers and their families.

Flats. Probably for the officers and their families.

The swimming pool was a haven for large dragon flies. Strangely there was also plenty of fish in the low water. Soviet Military Base SW. Former DDR, Germany. October 2014.

The swimming pool was a haven for large dragon flies. Strangely there was also plenty of fish in the low water.

he swimming pool was a haven for large dragon flies. Strangely there was also plenty of fish in the low water.

Hangar remains at Soviet Military Base SW. Former DDR, Germany. October 2014.

Hangar remains.

Hangar remains.

Badsofas in the old hangars at Soviet Military Base SW. Former DDR, Germany. October 2014.

Badsofa group in one of the old hangars.

Badsofa group in one of the old hangars.

ocial club theatre at Soviet Military Base SW. Former DDR, Germany. October 2014.

Social club theatre.

Social club theatre.

Social house entrance at Soviet Military Base SW. Former DDR, Germany. October 2014.

Social house entrance.

Social house entrance.

Soviet Military Base SW. Former DDR, Germany. October 2014.

Hospital barrack ceiling light leftovers.

Hospital barrack ceiling light leftovers.

Gym backroom at Soviet Military Base SW. Former DDR, Germany. October 2014.

Gym backroom.

Gym backroom.

Social house auditorium at Soviet Military Base SW. Former DDR, Germany. October 2014.

Social house auditorium.

Social house auditorium.

The gym at Soviet Military Base SW. Former DDR, Germany. October 2014.

The gym.

The gym.

Avant garde ceiling deco at Soviet Military Base SW. Former DDR, Germany. October 2014.

Avant garde ceiling deco ...

Avant garde ceiling deco ...

Yours truly

Halt!

This decaying yet outdoor-fresh compound opened in 1934 as a sports airfield but was soon incorporated with the local luftwaffe. After the second world war in use by Soviet forces until 1992 when it was handed back to the German state. Several ideas for what the 286 hectare area (706 acres) and 208 buildings could be used for today has been presented. Among them housing or an ecovillage but lack of funding has so far stalled any plans.

October 2014

January 2016

Hasselblad 500c/m, Zeiss Distagon 50 mm F/4, Kodak Ektar 100 & Portra 160VC. Meopta Flexaret V, Kodak Tri-X 400. Imacon Flextight Photo.

Exhibition print

Sovjetbas SW. Brandenburg, Tyskland. Oktober 2014.

Sovjetbas SW was among the selected works for the ASKA.nu anniversary exhibition.

This print has been sold.

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