So many events, so much happened, so much to remember…
This summer was filled to the brim with dates and meetings and events. From June to the middle of September we hadn’t had one free weekend without a date. Full of life: beautiful, fun and stuffed with excitement. Full of people, places and memories. I want to remember:
one new car
two weeks of vacation: one of them with a couple of friends, one filled with traveling and visiting friends and family
10 cities visited
countless hours in our car on the road
2 birthday parties (one was our own)
our own birthdays, just three days apart
more than 10.000 photos
100 people met, some new, some old
one big health issue
several big events that took our breath away and made us happy
What a summer!
If you are in Berlin, living or traveling, you can’t walk around without noticing those amazing street art pieces everywhere. We simply took an one hour walk around the neighborhood in Berlin-Mitte and these are the beauties we came across.
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Geometric forms are one of my favorite design elements to work with. Why I didn’t use it as theme for a photo walk until now, I don’t know. It’s so simple and fun and the photo walk by Elise Blaha-Cripe that started the whole thing was ‘round‘. Therefore it was more than time to do it too.
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Everytime I start to a new photo walk I consider several themes and choose one before I’m out of the door. Everytime I doubt finding enough motives, but then I see the first thing and next to it the second. Suddenly everywhere pops something up. Like yesterday, when I chose ‚green‘ as my theme for the walk. I really doubted, that I would find much more than plants, but I forgot how colorful Berlin is. There were green doors, green graffitis, green shop signs and some more. Within an hour I had over 40 different motives together. I think, when you choose to shoot one theme, the brain focuses mainly on finding fitting things automatically. It’s like looking for Waldo. The brain is trained to search for a red-white striped thingy and blends everything else out. It’s amazing, what you can find with this technic.
Somewhere along the way an old man asked: ‚Do you take a photo of everything?‘ ‚No‘ I said ‚today just everything that’s green.‘ Sounds a little bit crazy, right? The man looked a little irritated till I explained, that I do photo walks with a theme to train my photographic eye and the use of my camera. We talked on for a while. When I walked on I had to smile. Yes, it sounds crazy taking photos of things, that are green. But it’s the best training I can think of and I found the most fun and beautiful things looking for little details on the photo walks, that most people will overlook.
My very first photo walk was about ‘white‘. Colors are a very easy start to do a photo walk, because you train your eyes to look for everything and on unusual places. Therefore I started with several color themed photo walks back then:
white | blue | yellow | color contrast | soft colors | I need colors
You can see how my photography style evolved over the years in big parts thanks to those photo walks. Find more photo walks here.
On Sunday my boyfriend and I finally visited the famous East Side Gallery in Berlin. Sursprisingly the weather was beautiful sunny although very cold, the weather report had told it would be gray and rainy. Thankfully it was wrong. Therefore we drove with our bicycles to the beginning of the gallery and walked it down to the red Oberbaumbrücke.
The art on the official side was impressive and beautiful, but everywhere the pictures had been messed up by thousands of signatures and phrases written with permanent marker by visitors. It was very sad to see this important work of art kind of destroyed like this.
On the back of the official gallery graffiti artists had left their mark on the wall. Two artists were painting new pictures when we walked by. It was awe-inspiring to see the paintings evolve from one color to the next. I would have loved to watch them till the end, but it was simply too cold to sit down for one or two hours. But I want to visit the East Side Gallery again in a few days to look at the finished paintings. Graffiti art is one of my favorites, because of its beauty in color and pattern.
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The journey around Morocco happened already in September 2006, but I never got to making a photobook until last year. I worked with the German photobook service fotobuch.de. I used it before and really like the quality and options, that come with the design software. You can almost use the software like Photoshop and have a lot of design options. You can even save your own layouts and use it like the given layouts again and again in your project.
I decided to use a very clean look for the photobook since the photos are filled with powerful colors and patterns, so there was no need to fill it with even more like background colors. I wanted to let the photos speak for themselves, so I only added the name of the city or place and gave the cover page for every city a special layout.
The journey was actually an excursion organized by the university and my geography prof. I studied geography in Bonn at this time. With a group of around 30 students we traveled around Morocco, from Casablanca to Marrakesh in two weeks and visited Fes, Rabat, Quarazate and several other cities and places on our way. It was an amazing journey and I took a lot of lessons home with me, like a more relaxed way of life and feeling more adventurous than ever.
The photobook is 20×30 cm and has the maximum number of pages (276 pages). I would have loved to choose the 30×40 cm format, but the resolution of the photos wasn’t good enough, since I used a small digital camera at the time with only 5 megapixels. At first I was sad, but now I love the smaller format because it is easier to handle when sitting on the couch and looking through the photos.
Last Sunday two friends and I visited the Buchstabenmuseum (museum of letters) in Berlin. It’s a small museum near the Alexanderplatz, grounded by the association of letters in 2005. It’s purpose is to save old shop signs all around Germany and beyond. Since I’m a huge fan of typography this museum was on top of my Berlin bucket list. It didn’t disappoint me. The big letters were fascinating, some were even taller than me. And some I would have love to take with me for our home, especially the ones with light. My friend was particular excited, because she remembered seeing some of these signs years ago live, when the shops were still open in Berlin. For her it was a journey back in time.
When I collected the links for the new sweet serendipity post for tomorrow, I noticed, that I never published these photos of unbelievable sand art. We had the chance to see these sand statues in Warnemünde (near Rostock) on our last vacation. I still can’t believe, how beautiful and delicate the figures are. Simply magical.
Another blue sky Sunday with icy cold winds blowing around every street corner here in Berlin. Much too cold and uncomfortable to take a long walk, but okay for a short photo walk. I photographed house numbers today. A theme that’s been on my mind for a long while and today seemed like the perfect day. I hadn’t planned this photo walk and prepared a route with the most interesting house numbers, so we just walked around aimlessly. Therefore the numbers we found, weren’t that fabulous and different. So there will be definitely a second photo walk with this theme in the future and much better planned. But for now, I really like the few motives I found.
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