By Timmy Odejimi
JAW-DROPPING pictures offer a glimpse into what could be the largest collection of the world’s most gigantic mining excavators.
The eye-opening images show five abandoned excavator machines, with each varying in size and controlled by different number of controllers. The biggest of them all is the ‘Gemini’ excavator which was built in 1958 and weighs 1980 tons and has a total length of 420 feet and 98 feet in height, whilst the oldest, the ‘Mosquito’, was built in 1941 with a total length of 223 feet.
Captured in Germany by photographer, Bartosz Rajski (33), on a Canon 500d, these earth eating diggers are controlled by a minimum of three people, although some diggers like the ‘Gemini’ are controlled by six to eight crew.
“The five huge mining excavators are all abandoned, but they are still under legal protection,” Bartosz said.
“I am mostly fascinated by the history of these abandoned places and the adrenaline one gets whilst exploring them.”
Bartosz believes the giant excavators could have been abandoned once the mines failed to be profitable any longer, as polluting coal power stations no longer being used in Germany and other European nations due to tighter environmental laws.
Despite the idleness of the machines, photographer Barotsz believes the location is a wonderful place of rest during the summer.
“The location is surrounded by water and in the summer, it is a great place to rest,” Bartosz said.
“People are usually positive about the pictures and I receive positive comments.”