Beelitz Sanatorium Documentary

PhotographerMario Basner
Prize1st Place in Architecture / Historic
CompanyMario Basner Photography LLC
City/CountryLas Vegas, United States
Photo Date2014
Technical InfoNikon D800, various lenses
Entry Description

This series is a comprehensive image collection of the abandoned Beelitz Heilstätten Sanatorium in Germany. All photographs are intended for fine art prints 40x60" and larger to create a sense of realism and allow for an engaging exploration. Full release is slated for Fall 2016. The images show the final state of decay before the buildings underwent a re-utilization and remodel process shortly after the images were taken. The main objective of the photographs is to show the grandeur of the 18th century architecture and the beauty that remains in the structures, despite the decay. The buildings display an fascinating parallel to aging & decay and how it relates to human beings. While shooting, I found myself overwhelmed and humbled by the sights, what they represented and how applicable those things were to my own existence.

About Photographer

Mario Basner grew up in Hamburg, Germany and has always been a creative force. While fate led him towards a successful career in music first, photography has always been there and served as a creative outlet for most of his adult life. He owned & operated a custom darkroom business in Hollywood, before moving to Las Vegas in 2006. In 2013 he decided to dedicate all his time to photography and formed his company, which offered commercial, portrait and fashion work. Since then, his passion for contemporary art has resulted in the pursuit & capture of the Beelitz Series in 2014 - his debut project in the fine art domain. Mario now operates an art gallery in Las Vegas and continues to expand his fine art collection.