some reflections on/of cologne.
this was made on hohenzollernbrücke last monday.
while my sister and her family have been visiting berlin i used the opportunity to attend a sight seeing tour on a berlin double decker cabrio bus with them. living in berlin for quite some time now it was an interesting experience. i knew all the places of course but i somehow could manage to see them with
fresher different eyes. this picture was taken in the hauptbahnhof quarter. maybe some more will follow.
another shot of urben’s great signature stencil. i like to read it as a bear (most probably because of some similarity to the logo of the berlin olympics 2000 that never happened) but i’m not sure that that’s intended.
the astute reader might have noticed (only from the tags of course) that this shot was taken with a leica m (type 240) and a leica summarit 75 f2.5 lens. no i haven’t robbed a bank and i haven’t won the lottery… i’ve taken part in the ‘you and leica m’ promotional campaign that is still running until the end of october. you can get a leica m with lens for two days for free. of course you have to sign the rental contract with your blood and all your children and their children will be liable for any damage on the gear (ok, i exaggerate) but otherwise it’s really completely free and i can highly recommend taking part even if you are only remotely interested in camera gear.
there will be a write-up of my experiences soon with a lot of sample photos but i’m quite busy at the moment and need a bit more time to do this. since the campaign is heading towards its end, though, i wanted to spread the information at least in time.
another one from kreuzberg and another one on kodak elitechrome 400 slide film shot with my girlfriend’s nikon f55.
and stormy it was… another one from the beach of usedom.
i found sturmgesell’ a bit hard to translate. it definitely means storm companion or maybe rather companion in a storm and that’s fine but the gesell’-part has a quite oldfashioned sound to it and i don’t know how to get this across in english. any suggestions?
a metagramm from my visit to beelitz heilstätten. on the tripod: the gm-1 with the samyang fisheye.
the anwohnerpark (local residents park) by the office for subversive architecture osa in cologne.
be careful at the edge!
the bijbelkiosk in scheveningen, den haag, the netherlands. summer 2014
if you like yellow things, too, you should definitely give a listen to Tiel Faulkner’s song about it (click, hear). the song is from the very impressive ‘american song-poem anthology’ that sports a lot of very interesting songs from the sixties and early seventies that had small to no audience in their respective times. be warned however because allmusic.com states the record will ‘appeal more to hipster know-it-alls than the average consumer‘.
i am having difficulties to describe what we have here… this is basically a robot.
behind that robot there is a ‘schlauchwehranlage im automatikbetrieb‘ which apparently translates quite directly as ‘inflatable rubber dam in automatic mode’ and i guess that sounds similarly ridiculous as it does in german. only for the uninitiated of course, no offense to the hydrologists and dam builders among the readers!
unfortunately the inflatable rubber dam was not inflated at the time of this shot so – coming back to the beginning – what we see here is the grating with which the rubber is shielded from debris. The thingies hanging above these gratings are giant robot hands that go down the gratings and get all the stuff that gets caught by these and put it into expectant containers on the right. circle of life! (not really…)
i found that whole installation quite impressive. probably even more so because it’s in the middle of berlin in the little river that gave name to the pankow district – the river panke.