In search of abandoned industry in Hungary
copyright © Henk van Rensbergen 1996
Photographed January 1996
So what do you do when you have a few days off in January? You go to the nearest library and find some books about Hungary . Then find the chapter that says "places not to visit.” You then buy an airplane ticket, fly to Budapest , rent a car, and drive to Miskolc : “a place you better not visit!”
Miskolc was too sad, dark and smelly, so I chose to stay in Eger . It is a little town in the hills, where the Turks have built their northernmost Minaret.
The next morning I drove to Miskolc
and started looking for what I came for : abandoned factories. Yes,
there's a lot of industry.
Hungary is a cold and dark place in January. The fog makes everything appear even more depressing and gray, keeping pollution at nose level.
Coal is transported for kilometers, from here to there. There is a sound of cables and wheels grating on non-lubricated bearings. On the snowy ground, there is a dusty trail of coal that did not make it to its destination
What is this pig eating ?
Who will eat the pig ?
What will it taste like ?
You don't want to know !
In this sad, colorless environment, people have painted their houses in cheerful colors helping them forget their gray existence in this gray world ... all you need is a ray of sunlight.
Now don't get the impression Hungary is a sad place
: the opposite is true : people are friendly, the country has many things
to offer, its capital city is beautiful ...
|Had my trip to find abandoned factories been a failure? Yes, of course. There is not one abandoned factory to be found in this region; the industrial heartland of Hungary . I drove back to Budapest where I would take the plane the same afternoon, and what did I see when entering the city from the East? Abandoned (looking) buildings. I didn't have a world of time before my flight, but I could still afford a little detour.
This one was empty, it was even being destroyed before my eyes.
Needless to say, I was the last one to board the plane ...
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