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Entropy tears apart our creations. It is destroying what exists to make way for new growth. If we suddenly disappear, cities will gradually be reclaimed by nature. Life can pop up anywhere and adapt, even to a rough and chaotic environment. My current work is centered around the questions “What will the ruins of our civilization look like?” and “Which species will survive?”

Therefore, I research abandoned places and ghost towns. I am looking into patterns, into the ways that events flow from one to the next after humans have disappeared and into the means by which new things develop out of old ones. I study the dissolution of patterns, the destruction of matter and show an artistic vision of the future.

Abandoned Camino de Santiago: Your footsteps are the road

 The Camino Portugués - My pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela

The Camino Portugués - My pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela

 Nature grows within the ruins

Nature grows within the ruins

 Abandoned structures in Porto, Portugal

Abandoned structures in Porto, Portugal

Walking in a post-apocalyptic world, your footsteps are the road. There are no roads. There is no particular path to follow. The way is made by walking. This is the struggle my heroes are facing. It’s a different kind of walking – not for relaxation or cleaning your mind. My heroes are descending into the dark depths of their being, the places where wounds, self-doubt and shame dwells. They learn who they are, by retrieving the lost parts of themselves.

 Abandoned place in the city of Tui, autonomous community of Galicia, in Spain

Abandoned place in the city of Tui, autonomous community of Galicia, in Spain

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 Entrance of the city Porriño, Spain

Entrance of the city Porriño, Spain

In my graphic novel „Queen of Hearts,“ the heroine describes many memories of her past, walking through her neighborhood. She explores new spaces on her journey to the city. To survive she has to trust her senses and constantly adapt to the changing environment. Sometimes she gets lost. But she meets people on the way, which help her to navigate the inner terrain. Many of us will never get that far. She is very much stepping off into the dark unknown and it is as exhilarating when she walks on rooftops as it is terrifying to leave San Francisco.

 Shells left by pilgrims on their way

Shells left by pilgrims on their way

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Walking is an important aspect of my life. I like to explore the city by walking. I often go off the trail to get more in tune with my environment in national parks. Many people walk in the woods bodily, without getting there in spirit. I try to stay in the moment. I take note of the weather and surroundings, how my body feels and moves, what kind of moods I’m in or any memories I experience on my walk.

 Abandoned building in the heart of Padrón, Spain

Abandoned building in the heart of Padrón, Spain

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I recently walked the Camino de Santiago. Packing your backpack for the journey is a little bit like preparing for the apocalypse. You have to make sure you pack light and carry only the essentials. Water is the most critical resource on your way. It’s an exhausting journey. Your feet are the primary mode of transportation. Blisters can be extremely painful to walk on, especially when you are not used to walking long distances. So it’s important to take care of your feet. Everyone’s journey is different. The path is literally made by walking. My personal journey was full of humanity’s past and possible futures. Especially in the small towns of Galicia, it feels like the future is the past. I was surprised to find so many abandoned buildings and concrete structures on the way. With the absence of people, it was almost like walking in a post-apocalyptic scenario – a pretty surreal environment. The only things that remain after humans disappear are stones, vegetation, wildlife, and the mystery. Why were these places abandoned? Why did their occupants appear just to have vanished, leaving everything behind? What did they pack? And where did they go?

 Sleeping Beauty between Padrón and Santiago de Compostela

Sleeping Beauty between Padrón and Santiago de Compostela

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Triangulation Station at Devil's Slide

Once hidden between rocks, the graffiti-covered remnants of a former military triangulation and observation station now rest atop a cliff at the Pacific Coast Highway. It was originally built during World War II as part of the harbor defense of San Francisco.

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Angel's Ladies Crash Landing

While looking for abandoned places in the Amargosa Desert, I recently noticed a plane wreck somewhere in the nowhere. It is resting next to the big bright yellow Angel’s Ladies Brothel sign, located along Hwy 95 near Beatty, NV.

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Point Reyes Shipwreck - A Mysterious Beauty

Generations of sailors and fishermen have feared the waters at the Point Reyes coastline. Before the construction of the lighthouse in 1870, the region was a burial ground for ships due to the strong currents, sharp cliffs, high winds, and dense fog.

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