Heilstätten Grabowsee

 03.04.2013

"Fresh snow has fallen overnight which gives the whole site a picturesque beauty which it doesn't deserve. The entrance to the bunker is in a small clearing, the only evidence of its existence a small concrete tower. I stand at the top of the steps and shine my torch down into the darkness. Silence. I check my cameras one last time, film, batteries, tripod. I feel my heart race, my mouth is dry. No one knows I am here. A deep breath and I slowly make my way down, kicking the snow from each step as I descend in to the blackness. "

lan Cale, diary entry 6 March 2005

 

A vital aspect of this on going project is the use of photography. It enables me to work directly with the subject matter and forces an immediate and deeply personal response. The photographic archive documents the evidence of people's lives that have long since vanished. Recording the subtle traces of this evidence in mundane surroundings where the significance of a photograph of a loved one pined to the back of a door becomes all the more poignant. Absences are explored through investigating abandoned apartments, military installations, echoing factories, hospitals and schools. Working in difficult and sometimes dangerous conditions there is a constant element of risk in taking the photographs, entering nervously like a trespasser, sometimes stalking the subject by visiting the site several times before establishing a safe point of access, whilst at the same time checking to make sure that the site is unoccupied.