Gone Forever by Sebastian Becker in Duisburg, Germany

This photo was taken in Duisburg-Bruckhausen, some kind of “village within the city limits”. It used to be the nearest living quarters to the heavy industries in the north of Duisburg, and lots of films and TV series, like Schimanski, were shot there. Unfortunately, the Government decided to break down the biggest part of Bruckhausen for cosmetic reasons. Over a time-span of 4-5 years, the old inhabitants were displaced, which is a pretty sad story. Even the photo is only some months old, the house from which it was taken isn’t there anymore, and many Jugendstil – buildings of architectural value are gone forever.

Name:Sebastian Becker

Place you live: Duisburg, Germany

Can you sum up Duisburg? Duisburg is, among Bottrop, the last city in the Ruhr Area where you can still find working heavy industry. The old Ruhr Area which is glorified in campaigns and museums in cities such as Essen and Dortmund – while it gets broke down on the other hand – is still “there” in Duisburg; it’s not just a part of the past, but also of the present.

Occupation: Student of Photography, Wedding Photographer.

A perfect day in Duisburg? On a perfect sunny day, you should visit Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, a former steel mill which now serves as a local recreation area. It ‘s a wonderful and laid-back place.

If someone was visiting, what must they do? Take a walk both around the “Innenhafen”, an old harbor area, and Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord. Further on. And visit Duisburg-Marxloh with its multicultural, German-Turkish atmosphere.

A perfect meal Duisburg? In Duisburg-Marxloh, you can get GREAT Turkish dishes for little money.

What is the best thing about your spot? It’s not expensive to live in the Ruhr Area, while there’s a lot going on: Lots of museums, lots of exhibitions, lots of culture in General. And: You can reach cities like Amsterdam, Brussels or Frankfurt / Main within a 2-hour car ride!

What is the worst? All of the Ruhr Area and its inhabitants have to deal with prejudices about the cleanliness of the cities and the quality of life they can offer.

A little known fact about where you live? Duisburg’s central railway station is listed as 2nd category train stop with Deutsche Bahn, even it offers a lot of international and national links of importance.

Where is your favorite place in the world? La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain