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!
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.
See more of my photo walks here
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.
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.
When we finally started into our vacation this summer, I wanted to be able to do a bit of art journaling. The problem was, I didn’t want to take a whole lot of crafty stash with me. Mainly because we were traveling on bike and I had no space in my bike bags for anything else than the necessary. The only option was a notebook, because it was small enough.
Therefore I started to collect title snippets from magazines, that spoke to me and put them into the lovely notebook ‘More ideas than time’ by SODAlicious. Here you can see the mess, I made on our bed. I used the washi tape to support the colors of the text scraps and get something like a design on the pages. All I took with me on our vacation, was this travel art journal, some pens (black sharpie, thin black pen and neon sharpies) and two roles of washi tape, just in case. I never missed anything. All I needed was my travel art journal and a pen to keep me going. I even journaled on the beach.
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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.
If you are on Flickr, you can find photos from all photo walks in these groups: all around the world and the Berlin photo walk. Or look for the hashtag #wwpw2014 on other social media.
What a lovely little park in the North of Berlin. We wanted to spend a little time in nature and escape the noisy, stressful city for a while. Since we sold our car a week ago, we had to choose something reachable by bike. The Volkspark Rehberge within Wedding is just six kilometers from our home, so perfect for a little trip.
To take it all in we pushed our bicycles alongside through the park under the warm fall sunlight. The special thing about the Volkspark Rehberge is, that it isn’t really looked after. Main parts of it are wild growing, but that’s exactly the beautiful charm of this park. It’s not like all the other cultivated ones in Berlin. Additionally you can take a boat trip on the Plötzensee or make a picknick on one of the wild growing meadows. But only if you aren’t afraid of spiders. After the fourth crawled upon our blanket, we packed our things and moved on to discover the rest of the park.
Find more photos from Berlin here
This Sunday the famous Berlin Marathon happened and the route followed a nearby street. So when we heard the Samba group with their rhythmic drums, we went to cheer the runners on. It is always so amazing to see someone turn his or her dream into reality. And here there were hundred, thousands of them, running the marathon. It always moves me to tears and so I almost cried, seeing them run, moved by their bravery.
They run 42 long kilometers in unknown terrace. Since so many weren’t even from Germany but from all around the world. Denmark, Mexico, Italy, South Africa, to name just a few. Just as multidimensional the nationalities were the colors. It looked like a running rainbow, embellished by really funny costumes and big ballons, showing the pace makers time.
And if I weren’t already tearing up enough three moments made me swallow hard. The first was just sweet. A dad, passing by his family, stopping to kiss his wife and cuddle his two sweet girls, dressed with tutus. So cute. The second was a pair of runners with blue shirts, bonded together with a small rope. On the back was written: blind guide. The third was a wheelchair user. First nothing so unusual, since the wheelchair run started just half an hour earlier. But the man only used one of his arms to keep the wheelchair moving. I’m still so touched by their bravery, their will power to live their dream, fighting their life circumstances. So brave.
Hope, you enjoyed these colorful photos from the Berlin Marathon. If you like to see
more inspiring photos from Berlin, look here