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René Zieger

Retired Soil

2007–2010

“Retired Soil” is the portrait of two german lignite mining areas: Lusatia and the southern bounds of the city of Leipzig.

It shows the earth being cultivated, energy-distributing and recreational landscape - used, exhausted and reshaped by human hand. Full of promises to gain profit for the big energy distributors but also full of promising expectations to grow tourism in these rural industrial regions, the work mainly focuses on the concomitance of single processes of transformation.

Whether supernumerary, fun orientated “mining tourist” and fascinated observer of large-scale coal mining or desperately fighting demonstrant, struggling to preserve his homeland - man, cause of these transformation processes always remains part of the landscape.

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Abandoned quarries, future lake Zwenkau, Zwenkau, Saxony, Germany, September 2009
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Heuersdorf, since mid 2010 completly destructed, Taborkirche before its final abidgement, Saxony, Germany, April 2010
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Walker in front end of Welzow open pit mine, Brandenburg, Germany, September 2009
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Tourists in Welzow open cast mine, Welzow, Brandenburg, Germany, April 2008
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Abandoned quarries, future lake Zwenkau, Zwenkau, Saxony, Germany, September 2009
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Mining-engineering-park, near Leipzig, Saxony, Germany, December 2007
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Tourists in Welzow open cast mine, Welzow, Brandenburg, Germany, April 2008
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Tourists in Welzow open cast mine, Welzow, Brandenburg, Germany, April 2008
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Tourist in erratic boulder park, Boxberg powerplant, Nochten, Saxony, Germany, September 2008
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Slide at Mondsee (lake moon), restored part of profen open pit mine, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, December 2007
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Erratic boulder park, Boxberg powerplant, Nochten, Saxony, Germany, September 2008
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Heuersdorf, demolition of the village because of Schleenhain open pit mine, since mid 2010 completly destructed, abandoned houses in former village center, Saxony, Germany, February 2009
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Melt festival, former open pit mine area, Gräfenhainichen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, July 2008
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Heuersdorf, demolition of the village because of Schleenhain open pit mine, since mid 2010 completly destructed, abandoned house in former village center, Saxony, Germany, September 2009
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Canoeing park in former Espenhain open pit mine, abandoned quarries, Markkleeberg, Saxony, Germany, September 2009
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Viewpoint at Jänschwalde open pit mine, Jänschwalde, Brandenburg, Germany, March 2008
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Viewpoint at Schleenhain open pit mine, Saxony, Germany, May 2010
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The front end of Jänschwalde open pit mine, Jänschwalde, Brandenburg, Germany, December 2008
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Sunday trip to Nochten open pit mine, Weißwasser, Saxony, Germany, May 2009
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Melt festival, former open pit mine area, Gremmin lake, Gräfenhainichen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, July 2008
Location: Lusatia

Posted: October 2018
Category: Photography

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