essen

The city in the ruhr area:

  • broke
  • not sexy
  • bicycle unfriendly
  • too many cars
  • lack of parks
  • public transport is a nightmare
  • cinemas are pretty good
  • traffic jams
  • pollution
  • over bureaucratic
  • unbalanced poor to rich ratio
  • more shine than be
  • A40 sucks
A musician performing a song at the Unperfekthaus in Essen

Klaus

Klaus performing one of his songs at the Unperfekthaus

Beyond the fasade

Beyond the fasad

Look at those yard, No flowers, no plants, nothing, just green.

View from inside a tram behind the driver looking towards the station Zeche Zollverein

Stop

View from inside a tram behind the driver looking towards the station Zeche Zollverein.

A sign besides a desk at the Unperfekthaus Essen

Internet for free

The Unperfekthaus was a pretty nice place during my first 5 years in Essen.

A historical tram in Essen, Germany

Old and gold

A historical tram in Essen.

Top of the Schurenbachalde in Essen, Germany

Schurenbachhalde

The Ruhr-Area is famous for their slack-heaps ("Halde").

A tram passing by at the Aalto Theater in Essen

Inside out

While taking a walk through the city of Essen I came across the Aalto Theater.

View from the Schurenbachhalde during the Schachtzeigen Event, Ruhr 2010

Schachtzeichen

During Essen 2010, Essen was the European cultural capital during that year; the people of the Ruhr-Area organized a lot of events.

Waiting for the bus in a cold dark morning

Waiting for the bus

When I went silk screening I got up early, actually that early that I had to take the bus instead of the 109 (which is always delayed, I never go a

People looking for books at the book thrift of the animal shelter in Essen, Germany

The Book thrift

I often went to the local animal shelter for their open day.

The famous Aalto Theater in Essen, Germany, during a shower

Dark clouds

The Aalto Theater in Essen, designed by Finish star architect Alvar Aalto.

Sundown in Essen showing RWE Tower, Evonic and a blimps

Sundown I

The photos shows a sundown in Essen seen from Huttrop.

Early S-bahn to Wuppertal

To Wuppertal

Catching the S-bahn in Essen Stehle, going to Wuppertal.

Couldn't hold the cam and shooting while walking

Walk

Somehow confused

Sundown in Essen showing RWE Tower, Evonic and a blimps

Sundown II

Sundown in Essen seen from Huttrop.

Sundown in Essen showing RWE Tower, Evonic in November, winter

Sundown III

In winter sundowns in Essen look different.

Sundown in Essen showing RWE Tower, Evonic

Sundown IV

2nd version of the sundown in winter in Essen. I kind a like both version. Which one is your favourite?

A look upwards at the subway station Berliner Platz prior renovation

Stairway to happen

Ever been to Berliner Platz in Essen. It is (was?) one those ugly subway stations. Actually a real ugly one.

The Limbecker Platz, Essen, shortly after Sundown

Consume your ass off

I was one my way to the Unperfekthaus to meet the Quadcopter club when I saw the advertisment lights at the shopping center Limbecker Platz.

Sundown in Essen showing RWE Tower, Evonic

Sundown V

Another great sundown in Essen, Germany. I love those Ruhrpott sundowns. They are special, kind of. The color composition is so unique.

The tower of the University of Essen during night

Double

The green middle, a modernized area in the near of the university, isn't green at all.

Winter in Essen, Germany. RWE Tower in the back

snow

Winter in Essen always comes by surprise.

Sundown in Essen showing RWE Tower, Evonic

Sundown VI

this lovely Ruhrpott sundowns. Something I will miss once I went away from Essen. You want to know why I'd like to leave...

The Park deck at the Essen Rathaus Gallery

Ride and Park

One of the loneliest places in Essen, at least at that time I took the photo. Some hours earlier our later it would look different.

Old pass way to the University of Essen, full of removable graffiti

Du schon leben?

Are you still integrating or are you already living? is the question on of this artwork.

A traffic light in Essen, Germany

The red light for Essen

Essen is one of the most fucked up cities in Germany.

Sundown in Essen,

foto

Experimenting with an analogue tele. Was looking at the city hall of Essen.

A40 Essen at night

divided

The A40 divides Essen in two parts, South and North. The further south you go the bigger the houses become, the richer the people look.

An escalator at one of the subway stations in Essen

Escalators

An escalator at one of the subway stations in Essen

Storm upon us in Essen

The storm is coming

The rainfall was that heavy that we couldn't see the water tower in the distance, the city hall wasn't visible as well.

Sundown in Essen showing RWE Tower, Evonic

Sundown VII

you already know: I love Sundowns in the Ruhrgebiet. Especially when it showes the small Ruhrhattan in the background

A security cam at one of the subway stations in Essen, Germany

Cams

A security cam at one of the subway stations in Essen, Germany

Sundown in Essen showing RWE Tower, Evonic

Sundown VIII

I can't get enough of this. I can't get enough of this. I can't get enough of this. I can't get enough of this. I can't get enough of this.

A crane taking down the N-symbol from the former Norris bank in Essen

Taking down the N

The Norris bank closed in Essen Huttrop at one point, but they didn't take down their logo from the top of the building.

A40 from pedestrian bridge

Speed Daemon

The A40, the highlight of Essen. The place everybody should be proud of.

snowed in pillars at a industrial building during winter time

Winter wonderland III

snowed in pillars at a industrial building during winter time

View onto the Steeler Straße on a very foggy night

The Fog

Once in a while the fog is in the streets of Essen.

A view into the Herwarthstraße, Essen, from above during night

Cars

Cars, cars, cars. Those cars need more space than the people. Streets are everywhere. Do you see bikes? No, of course not.

Sundown in Essen showing RWE Tower, Evonic

Sundown IX

ok, I promisse, that is the last one.

Furniture and crap thrown away on the street at Essen Südviertel

Trash

Just throw your stuff away. It isn't necessary to buy stuff that lasts longer; you are able to buy cheap stuff whenever you need it. Just go one.

Chemtrails in Essen

chemtrail

I did a little bit travelling by bicycle and once came across a small chemical plant. I took a series of about 20 long term insolations.

Ruhrhatten, or the big 3, showing RWE tower and the two evonic buildings

Visit Ruhrhattan

Ruhrhattan is central Essen.

A crosswalk in shades of red at night

Stranger in the night

A crosswalk in shades of red at night

Sundown in Essen

To the Hauptbahnhof

While walking to the Hauptbahnhof (main station) in Essen I saw that perfect alignment of the teletower at the far distance.

No bikes please

No bikes please

no bikes please. While Essen invests a lot in so called Schnellradwege (far distant bicycle roads) the don't do anything for bicycles in the city.

The train at the Hespertalbahn

Hespertalbahn day

Riding the Hespertalbahn.