RAW-Tempel

RAW-Tempel is a non-profit community organization, which at this time has approximately 100 members and 65 different art projects taking place in four main buildings in this former railway maintenance yard RAW (“Reichsbahn Ausbesserungs Werk”) in Berlin-Friedrichshain.

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All Images © Geoff Fitzgerald 2013

Since 1998 members of the RAW-Tempel have been renovating these structures with an effort to preserve the period style, with the exception the building that these particular photographs were taken in the summer of 2009. The building was barbed wired with doors welded shut and fences in front of any open windows or possible entrances. After finding a way in through a hole in the roof, I was able to spend about an hour in this gigantic piece of art, and create some of my own. While composing one of my final shots I stepped backwards onto a spray can lid, making an incredibly loud sound that echoed through the entire building.

I could hear that someone else had entered. Scared for my life I made my way back to my makeshift entrance only to be confronted by a man in a suit and tie - the building owner. As he escorted me out, I was informed that the building would be destroyed within a few short months, leaving me with the feeling that I had been very lucky indeed. I had just captured something timeless that people would only be able to experience through these photographs.

The World is Not Flat - Part of Contact 2010 group show at Arta Gallery in the Distillery District Toronto. The show was rated number 7 on Patti Cooke’s Top Ten at Contact Photography Festival in Toronto for Dart International magazine Volume 13, number 2.

The Retro Suites Hotel is currently displaying multiple 30x50 sized prints from the photo series "RAW Tempel" hanging in this gorgeous hotel which combines historic elements of the King William Block with modern amenities, providing an unparalleled experience for guests to the region.