Now the German photographer has turned his attention to classic bowling alleys in his home country. Why? Because he was inspired by his childhood. "When I was a kid in the early 1980s, it was a common thing to go 'Kegeln' with my parents and their friends. These places are usually located in the basement of traditional German restaurants. The old ones used to smoke cigarettes and drink beer or wine while the kids were allowed to have lemonade as a special treat. This is what quality time looked like back then."
He continues: "Kegeln is pretty similar to bowling but with only nine pins, smaller balls, and shorter lanes. It used to be a big thing in Germany in the 1960s, '70s and '80s. These days this sport is not en vogue anymore and it seems that mostly older people go these 'Kegelbahnen'. Due to that more and more get knocked down and they seem to disappear forever.
"That’s why I've been trying to find the most exciting bowling alleys and 'Kegelbahnen' in Southern Germany in the last couple of years to keep the memory of these golden days alive."
From the pine-clad walls and various lighting effects to the muted colours (orange and lime green seem to be a "thing") and the classic seating, these relics of Germany's past make a satisfying photo series. See more of Robert's work at robert-goetzfried.com.