Lost places are fantastic motives for photographers and one of the most interesting lost places in the Berlin-Brandenburg area is the former clinic campus in Beelitz, the Beelitz Heilstätten. Built between 1898 and 1930, the place was used for recreation of people with lung disease, often tuberculosis, which was rare in an area so far north from the Mediterranean. It served as military hospital during the world wars and up until 1994 for the Soviet army, hosting several famous, or shall I say infamous, people during it's time. Several parts are still (or again) active as hospital, others have been lost places for decades now.
While it is usually iligal to step a foot on private grounds like this, thanks to the guys from go2know we could book a tour with the permission of the owners and the rights to publish the photos. The place is so big that you can book three different tours in Beelitz, the lung clinic, the mens' and the womens' clinics. The lung clinics tour includes three buildings, one of them the so called "Alpenhaus" (translates to alps house), a ruin that has a whole forest growing on the roof top! Altogether a fantastic set for photo shoots and therefore very popular with photographers.
Boris and I discussed to go there for a while and wanted to bring models for a photo shooting. To our delight, both Eva and Bianca answered positively to a Facebook invite and joint us for the day. After a preparatory meeting, we drove to Beelitz equipped with several cameras, a huge bag of equipment and a large number of outfits for several scenes we had in mind. We managed to cover even more sets than planned and with only a short break were about for more than five and a half hours, up until complete exhaustion I may say. But also great fun!
A selection of photos made it into the above slide show while some additional "making-of" photos enrich this little report. Thank you Boris for sharing; you can see his photo series here. Please leave a comment if you wish.