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A long weekend in Berlin

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I’m now back at home after spending four days in Berlin and I have to admit I’ve taken quite some time putting this post together. I literally took hundreds of photographs while I was there. So you can imagine how my indecisiveness in selecting and editing the ‘keepers’ kicked in big time!

As soon as I arrived the first thing I saw when I was heading to catch a train from the Schoenefeld Airport to Alexanderplatz (in East Berlin) was a sign that read ‘Grübe aus Berlin’. Underneath it was the english translation….’Greetings from Berlin’. I made one of those tight lipped smiles as I thought about what a great time I was about to have 🙂

The metro (U-Bahn) in Berlin

The metro (U-Bahn) in Berlin

Going underground

Couple in Berlin

Before leaving London I didn’t really have any preconceived notions as to what to expect from the trip….but boy was I in for a treat. It was like a graceful urban oasis.

Charlottenburg - Berlin

Charlottenburg – Berlin

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Berlin sign

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial church

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial church

To give this trip a little context I went with a photography meetup group (for those of you who are unaware ‘meetup’s’ help groups of people with shared interests plan and facilitate events around the world). You just might have the same sort of concept where you live but it maybe called something else. This workshop was organised to give photographers, at whatever level, a chance to practice their skills while learning and enjoying what the city has to offer.

Emil at train station

Pedestrian crossing

Man at a market in Berlin

Oberbaum Bridge - one of the city's well known landmark's

Oberbaum Bridge – one of the city’s well known landmark’s

Graffitti escalator_edited-1

So what can I say about Berlin? Well, firstly you’ll never see it all in the amount of time I was there that’s for sure. It’s apparently nine times bigger than Paris! So as you can imagine there is a lot to see and do.

Inside the Olympic Stadium - Olympiastadion Berlin

Inside the Olympic Stadium – Olympiastadion Berlin

Berlin flag

Alexander Von Humboldt statue - University of Berlin

Alexander Von Humboldt statue – University of Berlin

Berlin architecture

Berlin architecture

Luckily my trip was well planned by the organisers so I just took a step back and went along for the ride.

Car

Berlin architecture

Grafitti image on wall - Berlin

I found certain parts to be quite surreal as we weaved our way through some of the city’s unpolished areas learning about the city’s history both old and more recent.

The Berlin Cathedral - Berliner Dom

The Berlin Cathedral – Berliner Dom

The Altes Museum

The Altes Museum

Reichstag building - Berlin's parliamentary building

Reichstag building – Berlin’s parliamentary building

A trip to Berlin would definitely not be complete without a visit to the remains of the Berlin Wall. Artists and people have left their creative stamp from all over the world on the remaining sections of the wall which once symbolised a form of control over the Berliners. It was once very much a divided city and only relatively recently reunited.

The Berlin Wall was a barrier that divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989

The Wall was a barrier that divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989

Hundreds of people lost their lives trying to get over, under or around the Berlin Wall

Hundreds of people lost their lives trying to get over, under or around the Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall

This is by far one of the most famous images on the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall

The city certainly has its own iconic buildings too such as the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag building, Berlin Cathedral and the Television Tower and so much more where you can see marvellous views of the city below. Checkpoint Charlie (or Checkpoint C) is also a site not to be missed.

Brandenburg Gate - it separated East from West Berlin, geographically and politically

Brandenburg Gate – it separated East from West Berlin, geographically and politically

Berlin Cathedral - Berliner Dom

The Berlin Cathedral – Berliner Dom

Television Tower -Fernsehturm de Berlín

Television Tower -Fernsehturm de Berlín

Great views from inside the Television Tower in Berlin

Great views from inside the Television Tower

Checkpoint Charlie - It was the famous border crossing that separated East and West Berlin

Checkpoint Charlie – It was the famous border crossing that separated East and West Berlin

Berlin seems to be a growing and changing city with clear signs of gentrification taking place.

Due to the typical dismal weather we had to shelter from the rain on quite a few occasions but that didn’t deter or dampen our spirits (no pun intended)….we continued to plod along.

Berlin

We stopped outside various buildings and markets. I listened attentively to the buzz of the conversations. I felt culturally immersed as I breathed, smelled and lived the eastern Berlin way of life even if it was just for a couple of days.

A market in Berlin

A market in Berlin

Men in black - Berlin

Woman at a market

A couple at a market in Berlin

That reminds me….on a few of occasions as I made my way back to my hotel late at night I would often forget that I was in a city as it was so quiet….until I walked past a club blasting heavily based techno music.

The other areas in Berlin have a lot to offer too such as Schöneberg and Wedding but to name a few. If you ever fancy planning a trip to this city be sure to check these areas out. I was limited to only a few days but next time I’ll definitely stay much longer.

PROCESS FOR IMAGES

So I was super lucky enough to share this intensive experience with a team of experts on hand to answer any questions I had and to learn from them too. To tell you the truth, yes I struggled a bit (especially with night photography) and at times even felt a little despondent. I could literally feel myself becoming increasingly unsure about my capabilities. But like the saying goes, you’re your own worst critic. I quickly shrugged off the vibes I was experiencing and instead focused on enjoying the moment and having fun…as that’s what I was there for right? It then all started to fall into place. Before I knew it I was concentrating on creating the images I really wanted. When in doubt take time out and chill…as it always works out in the end 🙂

Peace and love guys,

 

 

 

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”

— Aaron Siskind

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Author: Sóla Snapshot

Photographer and blogger - Street | Architecture | Travel My photographic adventures, whether close to home or far away. Lover of good food, dogs (even though I don't have one yet), orangutangs and travelling the world.

10 thoughts on “A long weekend in Berlin

  1. Great pictures, wish i can go there one day 🙂

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  2. I’ve heard Berlin is a photographer’s paradise and your photos prove it. Thanks for taking us there.

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  3. How could you feel despondent, Sola? You pointed out how difficult it was for you to choose the images to share so I really took the time to look through these. And wow- what a treat it was! I guess you have to take my opinion with a grain of salt because you’re clearly operating at a level above me, but this is remarkably good collection. I really liked the street portraits (love to look at people) but one of my particular favorites was the shot of the escalator, that’s cool.
    -Jason

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    • Hey there Jason! Hahaha what I meant was I felt a little despondent when I was practising doing night photography while I was there…I found it a slightly frustrating trying to get the exposure right etc etc. But thank you so much for your kind words and I’m so pleased you enjoyed the images. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

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  4. Your Pictures are amazing! Love Berlin 🙂
    Anni & Toby

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