For me, searching for locations which have been forgotten by time and provides them a brand new function did simply that. See one thing completely different in them, that others ignored, one thing new. Seize their distinctive magnificence for generations to come back earlier than these locations decay and disappear ceaselessly. Be a part of me on my journey all over the world, in fixed seek for new locations to find, trip and doc. Catch a small glimpse behind the scenes of how I take my self-portraits and the tales behind the pictures.
Cobblestone halfpipe I northern France.
Some spots make you surprise if the architect had this sort of utilization in thoughts when he designed the Constructing. I examine this place in an structure journal within the library of my college and I needed to test it out. After visiting my good friend and idol Ruben Alcantara in Malaga we stopped by on our approach house. In all probability one of many scariest spots I’ve ever ridden. Being near the ocean, unforeseeable wind gusts have been fixed The floor was constructed out of very sharp cobblestone that might reduce you into items for those who fall. Value it although.
memorial I japanese Europe
A real once-in-a-lifetime spot that gave the impression to be straight from one other world. As soon as a spot the place folks would meet, now a abandoned landmark in the midst of now the place. Earlier than using it I needed to clear up a variety of trash that former guests had left behind. The carves I took inside this marble full pipe could be probably the most memorable I ever took. The vertical model of this picture additionally occurred to be my first journal cowl as a rider on a significant mountain bike journal. And it could be the primary correct self-portrait on an motion sports activities journal, ever.
deserted loading dock I German Shoreline
I discovered this spot on a latest highway journey by chance. An enormous loading Dock that gave the impression to be deserted for fairly some years. Damaged glass, previous footage, and a variety of rust created fairly an fascinating distinction to the nonetheless shiny blue and yellow Colours of the railings. This fairly uncommon setup and the stormy clouds within the background impressed me to get one thing good right here. The trick itself was fairly a problem on this almost vertical Dock and it took me not less than 15 tries to get the timing excellent as I had imagined it to start with.
Planetarium I West Germany
I noticed an image of this constructing in 2012 and in my head, I immediately noticed a rider on high of it. It took me over three years to trace down its location and one other two years to lastly make the journey. The quarter itself was a real problem like they at all times are when a spot seems to be too good to be true. A kinked bumpy run-in, a concrete block on high of the quarter with a lightning rod made it even trickier to trip. However right here we’re, one other fantasy made into actuality. self-portrait.
Bobsled Observe I Sarajevo
I got here throughout this Bobsled Observe near Sarajevo and couldn’t resist the temptation. It was constructed for the Olympic video games in 1984 and acquired partly destroyed throughout the Siege of Sarajevo. Driving via town of Sarajevo, you can see a variety of homes which can be nonetheless riddled by bullet holes and explosives shells used throughout the battle. The identical goes for the bobsled. The preventing across the metropolis did not spare the remnants of the Olympic winter video games. So for those who determine to trip this monitor. Be careful for holes within the monitor.
Hyparschale I Germany
This body is a part of my picture sequence “Muethers heritage” concerning the legacy of east German builder Ulrich Muether. The story behind this picture is one among my favourite ones. A number of buildings that outlined the architectural fashion of GDR acquired focused for demolition shortly after the reunification of east and west Germany. This constructing was no exception. Despite the fact that plans for a renovation existed for a very long time, town left it rotting for over ten years till it was getting ready to destruction in 2017. My picture sequence “Muethers heritage” gained recognition and the german state tv determined to air a 10-minute particular about it. They needed to movie some footage of me using a skatepark. After just a few photographs, I satisfied them to observe me to this very constructing, so I might present them how I shoot my self-portraits. They have been thrilled and punctiliously documented the method of me hoping the fence and illegally making my approach up the constructing to trip the roof. Afterwards, I gave them an interview, criticizing the state of disrepair. The Story acquired aired a number of occasions and sparked an enormous outrage in the direction of town for its large lack of motion. Sufficient so, that they have been pressured into releasing the funds for the renovation only one month after town. They tried to sue me for trespassing however the case was dropped shortly after. Reconstruction began in 2019 and can hopefully be completed in 2021.
phrases & images by Erik Hölperl