Urban Exploration at the Castle of the Emperor J.B. Bokassa

Greetings everyone!

This exploration took place in the castle of Hardricourt which became the property of the Emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa in 1978. This expedition was quite moving for many of the Emperor’s objects were still in place in the different rooms such as birth certificate, clothes, writing machine or washing utilities… It is as if he had to escape from this place in an instant…

The Castle of Hardricourt was built in the 19th century on the site of a previous castle. The castle, the current city hall and their respective parks were part of the same whole. At the beginning of World War II, the Lycée Molière located in Paris was temporarily relocated to this castle. In 1970, the industrialist Jean Barrault bought the castle and kept it until his death in 1976.

It was then sold to Jean-Bedel Bokassa, former leader and then emperor of the Central African Republic in 1978. After being ousted from power in 1979 and a 4-year exile in Ivory Coast, the former Emperor Bokassa 1st was under house arrest in this castle from 1983 to 1986.

I like to attempt to tell a story with my Urbx photography set and to orient the view into a journey within the decayed places that I visit. I hope that you will enjoy the experience and get the feel of the adventure related by my photographs.
NB: All the photographs are available for print purchases. If you are interested, you can contact me directly.


Golden Age of Music


4pm


Breach of Light


Ivy’s Room

Ivy’s Room OppositeWideView


Scratch


Two Dogs


Secret Door


Schizophrenia


Love Spiral


Red Carpet for Darkness


Lightning Rod


Patch this Bathroom


Forever Closed


Fracture


Dry Photo-Copier 157


Call of Pleasure… No More


Room of Lechery

Room of Lechery Detail


L’Homme du Destin


Wide Open for Conversation


Golden Throne


Dialogue


Dying Ceiling Diptych


Light is Gold


Not Without the Treasure

Not Without the Treasure Details


Hidden Trapdoor


The Dog Too… Fled Abruptly


Departure


Other Mother’s Paradise


Red Drums

NB: All the photographs are available for print purchases.
If you are interested, you can contact me directly.