Lothar's Apartment: Same Place, Different Time

Berlin photographer Christoph Schieder’s father-in-law Lothar passed away almost a year ago. Since then, his apartment has been emptied, painted, and renovated. Schieder pulled out pictures he had taken of the apartment when Lothar lived there and then took shots from the same angles as they look now. The visual effect is sad, as if the personality of the place has been wiped clean.

That may be true of the apartment, but Lothar will live on in the memories of his family members and friends -and in pictures. There is another way to look at the apartment. Stripping an apartment of all its personal touches in this manner opens up an entirely new palette for the next occupant to personalize and make it his home. It’s the circle of housing. See the complete series at Schieder’s blog. Thanks, Özi!

(Images credit: Christoph Schieder)

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