Industrial Artscape … Ruhr Museum, Essen, Germany

In spring 2010 we visited Bochum, Germany, a major centre in the industrial Ruhr Valley.

Since the oil crisis of the 1970s, the steel mills and coal mines of the area have been abandoned and fallen into disrepair as far as industrial use is concerned. But, the buildings and structures have, in recent years, been adapted and re-configured to provide interesting museum spaces where the Ruhr’s agricultural and industrial history can be explored and relived.

The Ruhr Museum at Zollverein is a World Heritage Site and well worth a visit if you’re ever in the area.

The following images are a few highlights. The link I’ve provided above offers more information and striking images of inside the coal washing plant which is the museum’s intriguing focal point.

Note the stadium seating (above) in this old industrial structure. Concerts are held here.

It was an interesting challenge to capture the industrial in an imaginative way.

Thank you for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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Temple Light

Kyoto, Japan is famous for its more than 1,600 temples, many of which are designated World Heritage Sites.

When we toured Japan nearly 18 months ago we spent a few days in Kyoto and managed to visit a handful of these incredible sacred spaces. Their gardens and architecture are designed to promote peace and meditation, and at the less touristy sites it was possible to reflect in their tranquility.

As always my inclination was to look up. This image is a detail of the Myoshinji Temple, which includes 38 sub-temples and is the head temple for the Buddhist Rinzi Zen sect.

The muted lighting, the soft sky, the cool colour palette speak peace to me and emanate an ethereal quality I just love.

Remember to look up …

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