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.
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.
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.
In 2015 I want to do one photo walk a month to get better in using my DSLR camera in manual mode and broaden my mind. Last Sunday I just started to walk without a concrete theme in mind. I passed several motives, but it wasn’t till I saw this beautiful green wall, when I knew my theme: pattern. I did this theme already in 2012, but it was one of my first and that shows. Therefore it was time to give it another chance.
The weather was beautiful although icy cold, but the blue sky and warm sunshine made the patterns look even more wonderful and sunny. I loved especially the colorful window inside the old Zionskirche at Prenzlauer Berg and the old, broken walls.
Such a wonderful, sunny and warm October Sunday. Perfect for a walk under colored trees, to take the last really warm sunbeams in and fill the reservoire for the long winter days. We took a walk through the Tiergarten in Berlin, where the leaves are still not all colored in fall colors, but it was beautiful anyway. The sun shone through the leaves so bright, that you almost needed sunglasses. We even saw people wandering around barefoot, like it was a warm summer day. What day would be more perfekt to take a fall photo walk.
On Saturday the big Kelby’s worldwide photo walk happened. All around the world photographers would take walks together. When I found it on Flickr, I just had to praticipate since photo walks are one of my favorite things to do. Amazingly Lauren joined too in Seoul, South Korea and she sent me some photos from her photo walk, half around the world. It was exciting to see such a different world happen in the exact same moment.
When I woke up on Saturday it rained cats and dogs. No weather for a photo walk at all. I already saw the worldwide photo walk in Berlin not happen in the afternoon, but when I started walking to the meeting point at the Alexanderplatz, the rain had stopped, thankfully. But the grey clouds stayed, so the decision to change my camera mode to monochrome was easy, there wouldn’t have been much colors anyway. However it was a good training for my photographic eye and I found some new wonderful places, I will come back to, when the weather is sunny and bright again.