A new passion of mine is born. Since I follow Susannah Conway I am enchanted by her photography, especially by her beautiful, magical polaroids. Her images are filled with soul. I just had to take her photography workshop ‚Photo Meditations‘. Simply saying: inspiring & stimulating. More to this later.
What you see here, are the photos I took in the last week. Sadly I don’t have a polaroid camera, so I had to find another solution to come at least close to the magic of polaroid. After a little research, I found the Instant app. It’s definitely not perfect, a little buggy, but it comes very close to the polaroid experience. You have the viewer of a polaroid camera, you have to wait till the photo develops and the emulsion (filter) is added randomly. I really adore the outcome. I discovered a new photo style and been finally inspired again to play with my camera. Try it, if you don’t have a polaroid. It’s a real step closer to the magic of polaroid.
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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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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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.
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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.
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.
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I love jellyfish. What is more magical than jellyfish dancing in the water, so soft and light. But sometimes deadly. One of the most deadliest animals on the planet. I still can’t get my head around this fact, that something that beautiful can do so much damage. Out of the water and on the beach it’s mostly looking just like jelly, no magic, no dancing. But under water jellyfish look like fairies of the sea, with their long tentacles dancing. Or the species without tentacles like light pervaded ghosts. Magic.
The photos were taken at the Ozeaneum and Meeresmuseum in Stralsund and at the Zoo Aquarium in Berlin. I’m so happy, I’ve got these shots. They are so filled with beauty and are definitely not everyday photos. I just had to share them with you.
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