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Lens-Artists Challenge #99 – “old an new”

Today, it’s Amy’s turn to challenge us. And she did.  She was thinking of people wearing traditional clothes in a modern city or using modern machines. Another idea she told us, is a cityscape taken in a city with a history where new building standing beside old buildings or modern vehicles in front of historic buildings.

Here are my images for this challenge. As usual: click on the images to enlarge them.

I want to show you modern machine digging in the ground for coal, cerated eons ago.

Modern art in the middle of the king’s castle of an old kingdom?

Coal made the Ruhr area rich. Nowadays only the once dirty but now the remaining symbols are keeping the memory alive.

Some ancient traditions are kept alive by modern soldiers in traditional uniforms to keep the memory alive.

Once this was a dirty and busy harbor. Now startups, expensive restaurants, media agencies and hotels residing in the brick stone buildings as well as in the modern glass-and-steel buildings.

Even when visiting tiny greek islands you will stumble upon the achievements of modern society.


Have a nice weekend and

Take care

8 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #99 – “old an new””

  1. Excellent selections! I see the changes between “old and new” through your beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing, Solaner!

  2. Great photos. Well done. I have some photos of surface coal mining in Germany, stripping huge swaths of soft brown lignite, a poor burner I understand, but still much in demand.

    1. thanks, John, you’re right, brown coal does not have the same efficiency as stone coal, but the digging is much cheaper. They set up a complete production row. 24 hours a day on 7 days a week the diggers are digging the brown coal from the hole and transport it by rope belt conveyors strait to the fires inside the electric power plants just outside the hole. Only a couple of hours after the coal is taken out of the ground it ends in the fires. Fortunately, there’s finally a plan to stop this for a couple of reasons: 1. burning brown coal is inefficient 2. it produces much more carbon dioxide than stone coal 3. the outcome is poorer than from stone coal 4. the landscape is destroyed by digging for the brown coal 5. people (towns) have to be relocated to constantly enlarge the pit 6. there’s an eternal necessity to pump groundwater from a vast area around the hole (more than 100km distance) to avoid to pollute it by getting in contact with the brown coal
      Although I like the achievements in engineering to build these huge machines, I don’t like the outcome.
      It’s planned to start decreasing the amount of coal-burning for producing electric power in 2022 and stopping it completely by 2038. Stopping the burning of brown-coals stands on the top of the list. When this ist stopped we will depend completely on imported stone coal until the last coal power plant is closed. Our own stone coal mines are closed now. Starting from the 1980s they were closed following a masterplan. That last mine was closed by the end of 2018.
      In this post, you can see one of the holes: and there are a few more of these 😦

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