Ghosttower of Bangkok

Een kleine wolkenkrabber van 49 verdiepingen hoog die, naarmate je hoger komt, er steeds meer vervallen uitziet.CE5DC088-ABC9-4357-9667-897E3226F9E9Je stapt de laatste treden van de lange klim omhoog en staat plotseling in de open lucht met een fantastisch uitzicht over heel Bangkok, 360 graden om je heen. Deels door de klim en deels door de hoogte klopt je hart in je keel en besef je dat je op een randje staat, met recht voor je een diepte van 185 meter. Ik heb ze niet allemaal geteld maar de eerste verdieping had 16 trappen. In totaal dus 785 trappen geklommen (Snowworld zijn er 508).68C055AC-CA04-4C5A-B80A-E080780FD1BEC640092D-3122-49E7-820B-F945CE3E8B1CToen we naast de toren stonden werden we al gewaarschuwd door een man en een vrouw. “Don’t go inside ! Too dangerous“. Tevens was het gehele gebouw omgeven met stevig hekwerk. Overal stonden borden met de waarschuwing dat we vervolgd zouden worden als we de toren zouden beklimmen.7FB459D8-C11C-4106-9452-F211837568D228925489-22DD-4F80-9C09-92B781042129Big deal. We gingen naar binnen. De twee mannen van de bewakingsdienst waren ons echter niet welgezind. Zelfs ons aanbod om te betalen bleek aan dovemansoren gericht. Toen Angelica op dat moment moest gapen sprongen twee knoopjes los van haar bloesje. Ze vlogen richting de twee bewakers en die openden daarop niet alleen hun ogen van genot maar ook de zwaar metalen toegangsdeur naar het trappenhuis van het gebouw. Welkom in de Ghosttower van Bangkok….”

In 2014 heeft een Zweedse toerist zelfmoord gepleegd door zichzelf op te hangen in deze toren. De persoon in kwestie is pas na een paar weken gevonden, dus dat geeft wel aan hoe verlaten dit gebouw is. Ter nagedachtenis heeft men op de 36e verdieping een kruis in een berg zand gestoken. 9DD3CF0D-80DE-4297-9B54-73B6B2552E78De Thai geloven in geesten en zeggen dat het er spookt. Vandaar ook de naam ‘Ghost Tower’. Tegenwoordig hebben steeds meer mensen de Ghost Tower op hun planning staan, maar dat neemt niet weg dat het nog steeds gevaarlijk is: ontzettend veel gaten in de vloer, beton wat afbrokkelt en diepe liftschachten.B9AC29CD-89B8-4074-995F-A15C73D11C468F5D7B64-D353-4349-A5EA-B0E73A3CC829De klim van 49 verdiepingen kost aardig wat energie, zeker met temperaturen van boven de 30 graden! Met knalrode koppen stonden we boven op het dak uit te blazen. Maar de beloning was er: wat een uitzicht. BA112CF5-BA4F-4643-B3E6-1A4758A89B7F222352F1-4ED1-43CB-958B-407F48CF806FA5401B61-F83B-45A6-8307-4DDB4B87574AC929D603-60C0-4939-BFED-3B7AB69E059AOh ja, twee freestylers hebben hier ooit een filmpje opgenomen welke viraal is gegaan. Niet voor zwakke magen ! 

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Quantum of Solace James Bond

On my way from Dubrovnik, Croatia to Bari,Italy I was planning my route to Craco. Craco is one of the 20.000 ghosttowns in Italy. First inhabited by Greeks during the 6th century AD, Craco was built 40 km (25 miles) inland and on a very steep summit for defensive reasons.IMG_7260.jpg Schermafbeelding 2018-10-08 om 22.42.37.pngDuring the following centuries, the town went under feudal control. A university was established in 1276 and by 1561 it had reached a population of 2,590 people.IMG_7271.jpgIMG_7276.jpgBy 1799, the townspeople overthrew the feudal system and Craco became an independent municipality and later, part of the Kingdom of Italy.IMG_7272.jpgSoon though, the town started facing geological problems. By the beginning of the 20th century, hundreds of inhabidants had emigrated to north America due to poor agricultural conditions. IMG_7268.jpgA series of earthquakes and landslides followed in the next decades and in 1963 the entire population of 1,800 residents moved to Craco Peschiera for safety reasons. IMG_7270.jpg

 

The image of Craco has been used over the years in various films as a background setting; Quantum of Solace and The Passion of the Christ, being two of them. IMG_7253.jpgAfter shooting some pictures I wanted to leave the ghosttown at 18:00h but my car did not start. IMG_7299.jpgI had to call the emergency service and they arrived at night 01:30am (!). I was getting  hungry. IMG_7314.jpgOnly a few houses were still inhabited. Mainly by older residents. An old woman offered me a piece of pizza with a can of beer. IMG_7306.jpgI ate the piece of pizza on the curb. I was very grateful to the old woman and she waved me out once I was in the tug-off car towards Matera.IMG_7302.jpgIMG_7299.jpg

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Movielocation: the Passion of the Christ (picture by Levi Hartmann)
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Movielocation: Quantum of Solace James Bond (picture by Levi Hartmann)

The Passion of the Christ

On my way from Dubrovnik, Croatia to Bari,Italy I was planning my route to Craco. Craco is one of the 20.000 ghosttowns in Italy. First inhabited by Greeks during the 6th century AD, Craco was built 40 km (25 miles) inland and on a very steep summit for defensive reasons.IMG_7260.jpg Schermafbeelding 2018-10-08 om 22.42.37.pngDuring the following centuries, the town went under feudal control. A university was established in 1276 and by 1561 it had reached a population of 2,590 people.IMG_7271.jpgIMG_7276.jpgBy 1799, the townspeople overthrew the feudal system and Craco became an independent municipality and later, part of the Kingdom of Italy.IMG_7272.jpgSoon though, the town started facing geological problems. By the beginning of the 20th century, hundreds of inhabidants had emigrated to north America due to poor agricultural conditions. IMG_7268.jpgA series of earthquakes and landslides followed in the next decades and in 1963 the entire population of 1,800 residents moved to Craco Peschiera for safety reasons. IMG_7270.jpg

 

The image of Craco has been used over the years in various films as a background setting; Quantum of Solace and The Passion of the Christ, being two of them. IMG_7253.jpgAfter shooting some pictures I wanted to leave the ghosttown at 18:00h but my car did not start. IMG_7299.jpgI had to call the emergency service and they arrived at night 01:30am (!). I was getting  hungry. IMG_7314.jpgOnly a few houses were still inhabited. Mainly by older residents. An old woman offered me a piece of pizza with a can of beer. IMG_7306.jpgI ate the piece of pizza on the curb. I was very grateful to the old woman and she waved me out once I was in the tug-off car towards Matera.IMG_7302.jpgIMG_7299.jpg

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Movielocation: the Passion of the Christ (picture by Levi Hartmann)
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Movielocation: Quantum of Solace James Bond (picture by Levi Hartmann)

Craco, a ghosttown of the middle ages

On my way from Dubrovnik, Croatia to Bari,Italy I was planning my route to Craco. Craco is one of the 20.000 ghosttowns in Italy. First inhabited by Greeks during the 6th century AD, Craco was built 40 km (25 miles) inland and on a very steep summit for defensive reasons.IMG_7260.jpg Schermafbeelding 2018-10-08 om 22.42.37.pngDuring the following centuries, the town went under feudal control. A university was established in 1276 and by 1561 it had reached a population of 2,590 people.IMG_7271.jpgIMG_7276.jpgBy 1799, the townspeople overthrew the feudal system and Craco became an independent municipality and later, part of the Kingdom of Italy.IMG_7272.jpgSoon though, the town started facing geological problems. By the beginning of the 20th century, hundreds of inhabidants had emigrated to north America due to poor agricultural conditions. IMG_7268.jpgA series of earthquakes and landslides followed in the next decades and in 1963 the entire population of 1,800 residents moved to Craco Peschiera for safety reasons. IMG_7270.jpg

 

The image of Craco has been used over the years in various films as a background setting; Quantum of Solace and The Passion of the Christ, being two of them. IMG_7253.jpgAfter shooting some pictures I wanted to leave the ghosttown at 18:00h but my car did not start. IMG_7299.jpgI had to call the emergency service and they arrived at night 01:30am (!). I was getting  hungry. IMG_7314.jpgOnly a few houses were still inhabited. Mainly by older residents. An old woman offered me a piece of pizza with a can of beer. IMG_7306.jpgI ate the piece of pizza on the curb. I was very grateful to the old woman and she waved me out once I was in the tug-off car towards Matera.IMG_7302.jpgIMG_7299.jpg

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Movielocation: the Passion of the Christ (picture by Levi Hartmann)
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Movielocation: Quantum of Solace James Bond (picture by Levi Hartmann)

Craco, a ghosttown of the middle ages

On my way from Dubrovnik, Croatia to Bari,Italy I was planning my route to Craco. Craco is one of the 20.000 ghosttowns in Italy. First inhabited by Greeks during the 6th century AD, Craco was built 40 km (25 miles) inland and on a very steep summit for defensive reasons.IMG_7260.jpg Schermafbeelding 2018-10-08 om 22.42.37.pngDuring the following centuries, the town went under feudal control. A university was established in 1276 and by 1561 it had reached a population of 2,590 people.IMG_7271.jpgIMG_7276.jpgBy 1799, the townspeople overthrew the feudal system and Craco became an independent municipality and later, part of the Kingdom of Italy.IMG_7272.jpgSoon though, the town started facing geological problems. By the beginning of the 20th century, hundreds of inhabidants had emigrated to north America due to poor agricultural conditions. IMG_7268.jpgA series of earthquakes and landslides followed in the next decades and in 1963 the entire population of 1,800 residents moved to Craco Peschiera for safety reasons. IMG_7270.jpg

 

The image of Craco has been used over the years in various films as a background setting; Quantum of Solace and The Passion of the Christ, being two of them. IMG_7253.jpgAfter shooting some pictures I wanted to leave the ghosttown at 18:00h but my car did not start. IMG_7299.jpgI had to call the emergency service and they arrived at night 01:30am (!). I was getting  hungry. IMG_7314.jpgOnly a few houses were still inhabited. Mainly by older residents. An old woman offered me a piece of pizza with a can of beer. IMG_7306.jpgI ate the piece of pizza on the curb. I was very grateful to the old woman and she waved me out once I was in the tug-off car towards Matera.IMG_7302.jpgIMG_7299.jpg

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Movielocation: the Passion of the Christ (picture by Levi Hartmann)
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Movielocation: Quantum of Solace James Bond (picture by Levi Hartmann)

Chernobyl.Pripyat, an atomic ghost town

My niece Verena and I had been curious for years what it would be like to go to Chernobyl. We both love photography and Urban Exploring. Let’s face it: there is no better place to perform this hobby than in Chernobyl. For people who were born after 1990: in Chernobyl a nuclear disaster took place on 26 April 1986.IMG_2026.JPG_MG_9910Schermafbeelding 2018-10-03 om 19.10.50

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My friend Ben Murphy from Sydney, Australia

I was just 14 years old at the time but I can still remember that day. We were not allowed to eat leafy vegetables anymore, so we only ate canned vegetables. Nobody knew what was going on. Even the European governments did not know what to do._MG_9816 The Netherlands had never had to deal with a radiation disaster of this magnitude and was therefore not well prepared for its approach. So it had to be improvised quickly on all kinds of levels. The RIVM was called in to measure any increased radioactivity and to make dose estimates._MG_9923 On 2 May the radioactive cloud came over the Netherlands and the RIVM indeed measured increased radioactivity in the air. With rain on 3 and 4 May, many radioactive particles came on the ground. The greatest risk to health was contamination of milk and agricultural products in the Netherlands and imported contaminated food, such as mushrooms, especially from Eastern Europe. This situation would last for weeks ….._MG_9776While the world is dealing with present conflicts, one point on the planet stands in a great silence. Glancing at its shivering lonesome as a result of the Chernobyl Disaster, the town of Pripyat is not-suggesting what might happen once again but proving mother’s nature unlimited ability to disarm every leading human chaotic results._MG_9703This Chernobyl/Pripyat photograph serie made by Verena (www.derdetage.nl) tells the story of a once beautiful town that was founded in 1970 as the ninth nuclear city of the soviet union, and had to evacuate its 50.000 inhabitants in within 36 hours after the accident._MG_9790 Indeed, the public building interior photographs reflects Pripyat’s horrors; but there’s also a catch for the town has become a subject for natures occupation, a reclaim. And so, starting from the yellow circles peeled behind the regretting gym hall walls, getting to the tango-dancing hospital lamps, to the never-finished broken-chess play, we find ourselves seeking for a decent inhale of oxygen (which we might, somehow, find while looking at the pile of gas masks shining below gravy books)._MG_9859 Hold up to that feeling, because you might get a clue of what comes around while exposed the abandoned basketball court._MG_9805 The serie shows a modern fairytale you won’t hear in the news; its fascinating point of view grips the lens from a wider scene, where Ukraine and Russia each and together has their conflicts, to a minimized spot; to a place where as the last photograph comes in the play trees grow through broken windows and grass pushes up through the cracks in rest.IMG_2027.JPGIMG_1493.JPGIMG_1548.JPGIMG_1552.JPGIMG_1563.JPGIMG_1562.JPGIMG_1546.JPGIMG_1561.JPGIMG_6587.JPGIMG_1543.JPGIMG_1559.JPGIMG_1557.JPG

Chernobyl.Pripyat, an atomic ghost town

My niece Verena and I had been curious for years what it would be like to go to Chernobyl. We both love photography and Urban Exploring. Let’s face it: there is no better place to perform this hobby than in Chernobyl. For people who were born after 1990: in Chernobyl a nuclear disaster took place on 26 April 1986.IMG_2026.JPG_MG_9910Schermafbeelding 2018-10-03 om 19.10.50I was just 14 years old at the time but I can still remember that day. We were not allowed to eat leafy vegetables anymore, so we only ate canned vegetables. Nobody knew what was going on. Even the European governments did not know what to do._MG_9816 The Netherlands had never had to deal with a radiation disaster of this magnitude and was therefore not well prepared for its approach. So it had to be improvised quickly on all kinds of levels. The RIVM was called in to measure any increased radioactivity and to make dose estimates._MG_9923 On 2 May the radioactive cloud came over the Netherlands and the RIVM indeed measured increased radioactivity in the air. With rain on 3 and 4 May, many radioactive particles came on the ground. The greatest risk to health was contamination of milk and agricultural products in the Netherlands and imported contaminated food, such as mushrooms, especially from Eastern Europe. This situation would last for weeks ….._MG_9776While the world is dealing with present conflicts, one point on the planet stands in a great silence. Glancing at its shivering lonesome as a result of the Chernobyl Disaster, the town of Pripyat is not-suggesting what might happen once again but proving mother’s nature unlimited ability to disarm every leading human chaotic results._MG_9703This Chernobyl/Pripyat photograph serie made by Verena (www.derdetage.nl) tells the story of a once beautiful town that was founded in 1970 as the ninth nuclear city of the soviet union, and had to evacuate its 50.000 inhabitants in within 36 hours after the accident._MG_9790 Indeed, the public building interior photographs reflects Pripyat’s horrors; but there’s also a catch for the town has become a subject for natures occupation, a reclaim. And so, starting from the yellow circles peeled behind the regretting gym hall walls, getting to the tango-dancing hospital lamps, to the never-finished broken-chess play, we find ourselves seeking for a decent inhale of oxygen (which we might, somehow, find while looking at the pile of gas masks shining below gravy books)._MG_9859 Hold up to that feeling, because you might get a clue of what comes around while exposed the abandoned basketball court._MG_9805 The serie shows a modern fairytale you won’t hear in the news; its fascinating point of view grips the lens from a wider scene, where Ukraine and Russia each and together has their conflicts, to a minimized spot; to a place where as the last photograph comes in the play trees grow through broken windows and grass pushes up through the cracks in rest.IMG_2027.JPG