I went back to my old school – this time I was allowed to shoot photographs during the lessons. I’ve always wondered what it would feel like to go back to school after graduating. Now I tried and it was quite an experience.
I graduated from Lutheran High School at Deák tér in 1996. When I contacted the headmistress, she was very kind and instantly agreed to let me in the school to take some photos. To make it possible to make daylight photos, I was allowed the take photos during the lessons – while the students were studying in the classrooms, I was walking around with my tripod and took my pictures.
It was worth going back there (not to mention the funny feeling when I realized that I am not expected to go into my classroom when the bell rang) – it is a really beautiful building. The school was built in the 19th century; it was originally a school for girls. After the Second World War, it was taken away from the church, and was only given back in 1993.
What makes the building really unique is the shaft going through the entire building. It sheds some more light on the corridors (most of the windows open from the classroom). It also makes one able to see the floors below – many times it is used as an actual means of communication between the students.
I really enjoyed this visit – it was a bit like time travel. During the breaks, when I was walking among the students, it was very hard to imagine that I am not a 17-year-old boy anymore, but an adult twice that age. However, visiting this place of my personal history filled me with some peaceful nostalgia, which still lasts.