As Berlin’s popularity and cool cred have risen, the desire of Bürgermeister and blogger alike, to reduce this city and its complex history into a pithy soundbite has intensified. So, rather than compete for the soapbox in this next post, here’s a selection of extraordinary Berlin stock photos from Getty Images that serve as quite a fine barometer of the various cliches associated with the city. Enjoy the ker-razy Berlin wibes!
Berlin’s architecture is what you might call: higgedly-piggedly. History has been unforgiving to the bricks and mortar of this city but that has provided much space for experimentation. And within all the discord, there is also order. With a keen eye for sharp lines and spellbinding angles, our next photographer reveals the geometric beauty of Berlin, from Gropiusstadt to Tegel and everywhere in between. A photo series by Oliver Huizinga, from www.huizinga-photography.com.
It’s not an easy task, capturing the highs and lows of a night on the town – let alone if that town is the distinctly camera-unfriendly Berlin. However, that proved no barrier to our next photographer, who amongst the thronging revellers in the city’s bars and clubs, has focused on some of the quieter moments of reflection and even loneliness. A photo series by Winfried Veil, from www.winfried-veil.de.
Now that the squat-cum-theme park Tacheles has closed, Teufelsberg is probably the city’s number one alternative tourist site; a perilous position if ever there were one. Burly shaven-headed concierges now relieve visitors of a few euros for entrance to the abandoned US spy station but despite the preponderance of tourists, graffiti artists and film crews, Teufelsberg still has its eerie charm and some of the finest views over Berlin. A photo series by Peter Ulrich.
Through streets like these, a journey is never just a journey. In this series, Jonny Whitlam documents the colliding atoms of the city, whatever their destination. For information on his photo tours of Berlin go to: http://bit.ly/whitlam. And for the full Transit gallery click the shadowy image above.
Things may have stepped up a notch around these parts in the last few years but that doesn’t mean we’ve turned into a city of go-getters just yet. Through snap portraits of the many personalities and contrasts to be found in our city, Thomas Kakareko finds a pensive population, making the most of Berlin’s joyously slow pace.
There is nothing quieter than a deserted playground; games waiting to be played, swings waiting to be swung. Here’s a photo series of Berlin’s table tennis tables, without the ping and without the pong. As the city comes out of its winter stupor, the bounce is slowly returning and there’s a new site from Peter Ulrich — www.pingpongmap.net — that plots every Tischtennis Tisch in the country so that you can always find an empty table.
Berlin is forsaken by the sun for much of winter, but it only serves to make the moments of relief all the more brilliant. With the clouds parted, there is no better time to take a tentative stroll across a perfectly frostbitten Spree. A photo series by Peter Ulrich.
No other day represents the identity of SO36 more than 1st May and it also marks the real start of summer. So it might not be possible to withdraw money or buy a glass bottle within a 5km radius of Kottbusser Tor but that doesn’t stop the madness. A photo series by Timor Kodal.
Due to new restrictions on opening times, Spätkaufs are coming under increasing pressure from the Ordungsamt. With their future uncertain, here’s a closer look at the everyday beauty of the quintessentially Berlin shop. A photo series by Tobias Herzfeld.