I've been shooting for the past six months and admittedly I love the joy in shooting people on the street. When a friend called me to shoot at an old factory, I was quite intrigued. No people, just an old factory. A huge abandoned factory.
NGEF or New Government Electrical Factory was set up in Bangalore, India in 1956. It was set up in technical collaboration with AEG or Allgemeine Elektricitäts-Gesellschaft from West Germany.
NGEF flourished for more than 30 years and supplied various pumps, electric motors, transformers and other electrical components to many companies in India.
In the 1990's, many factors, including liberalisation, corrupt politicians and lazy politicians led to it's decline and eventual demise. It finally closed down in 2002 with many attempts to revive it. Today this huge tract of land is back in limbo with the government holding on to it, with large builders circling, looking to make a huge profit by purchasing it.
The abandoned factory has guards all over and you can typically enter to buy some of the old furniture or fixtures or anything that's lying around. There are contractors, tearing down fixtures and moving anything that not stuck to the ground.
It was amazing to walk through the spaces and look at artefacts from a time gone by. Hundreds and thousands of lights, pieces of furniture, typewriters and random electrical equipment. All for sale, by the kilogram. Surreal. I can't even imagine how sad an ex-employee would feel, walking through all the dirt and dust, reliving the good old times. Till then, they're just memories lost in time.
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