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Fortress of the Working Class: Karl-Marx-Hof

About a year ago I published a series about famous Viennese communal apartment blocks called “Gemeindebau”. The last time around I photographed the “Rabenhof”, i.e. raven court, in the 3rd district. Today I want to introduce to you one of the most famous “Gemeindebauten”; the Karl-Marx-Hof in the north of Vienna, named after the father of communism himself. The large building complex was constructed in the 1930s when Vienna was known as a red city, due to the leftwing government in the town hall. The Karl-Marx-Hof was designed and built by a student of the famous Austrian architect Otto Wagner, Karl Ehn, and stretches over a length of more than 1 km. Along the way there are four tramway stations. The building has a kindergarten, parks and community centres. In the short civil war in 1934 many socialists barricaded themselves in the large fortress-like building and fought against the right wing troops. Luckily there were no deaths. Today life is rather quite here and the Karl-Marx-Hof is a peaceful fortress of the working class.

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Amsterdam in Spring

Spring is a special time in the Netherlands. It is the season of the tulips and the whole country seems to be in bloom. I always wanted to do a biking trip in Holland around this time of the year and I finally managed to do it in April of 2017. It all started where it always starts – in the awesome city of Amsterdam, right exactly at the time when the place was waking up from it’s winter sleep.

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Kracow 2017 AD

Usually I don’t use as much processing but looking at my pictures from Cracow last year I felt inspired to work on them a bit. Especially interesting for me seemed the red colours of the historic buildings of the city and I searched for a way to bring them more to the front, wile giving the pictures at the same time a more classic black and white look. Three of them (pictures 1, 3, 4) show the Wawel, being the former castle hill of the Polish kings and an important national monument of the country.

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Revisiting Lisbon: Convento Di Carmo

Having lived in Lisbon, Portugal for a couple of months I still missed out on some things. Revisiting the city in October of this year gave me the chance to catch up on these experiences. High on my bucket list was a visit of the ruins of the Convento Di Carmo, a former Catholic convent, which was destroyed in the infamous earthquake of 1755 leaving it in a state of decay for the next centuries. Today it’s open for visitors and offers a fascinating perspectives on Gothic architecture and evanescence.

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Travelling Bosnia

This one is the last and final part of my series’ about travelling the country of Bosnia i Hercegovina in the heart of the Balkans. It is an interesting and still conflicted country, the remnants of the wars can still be seen and Bosnia remains divided. At the same time it is an immensely beautiful country with a stunning nature and rich history full of helpful and friendly people. And it is (as for now) a relatively cheap travel destination, very much recommandable to backpackers. The pictures below were shot in Mostar and Sarajevo.

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