Tourist sites across London are stripped not only of their characteristic attributes but also of people. What is mostly visible is a corner of the actual building, a piece of grass of a park. Dominating are patterns and color schemes of the street surfaces. Sometimes there is geometry, sometimes ordered chaos as provided by the builders of the sites. By de-focusing away from the recognizable characteristics and by looking at not necessarily important features the question arises of what it is that forms a place, that simply makes a place a place.
The Stadt des Kindes (City of Children) at the outskirts of Vienna was an orphanage, youth centre and children's home praised for its unique architecture. Closed in the early 1990s it stood empty and abandoned for several years until major refurbishments led to the destruction of the site. It is currently being transformed into appartments and parking lots.
Meant to be a major living / shopping complex at one of London's most busy traffic intersections, Elephant&Castle now stands as a symbol for economic decline in a metropolitan area. All that is left from the original vision are colour fragments and a hint of those structures that were meant to be architectural advancements.
Nightworkers is an ongoing documentary project depicting people & places usually unseen and misperceived in general urban life. It is a project about those for whom the common daily 24-Hour and weekly rhythm does not apply. The project was shot in Vienna / Austria and London / UK. It was awarded a distinction as a dissertation & final visual project for the MA Photography & Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2011.