Friday, February 26, 2010

Light Graffiti in Berlin

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A collaboration with the street artist Loaf.

Light Graffiti...A form of visual art. You can create long exposure photographs of several seconds which capture various sources of lights. The artist can paint with flashlights, LEDs, glowsticks, and anything that emits light..

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Colorful Berlin Street Art in Kreuzberg

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ich und die Muse (Me and my Muse)

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The secret to good photography is not a camera! Share

The Beauty of Decay

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Life is a Slipperly Slope

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A young boy carefully climbs a slippery ice covered slope in Viktoriapark - Kreuzberg - Berlin Share

Winter ending in Berlin

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When it first snowed at the end of December, Viktoriapark was full of almost a hundred kids and parents sledding. Now the snow has begun to melt and we eagerly await spring . . . Share

Saturday, February 20, 2010


Fashion, originally uploaded by joaobambu.

During Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin 2010 . . .


Wir haben die Schnauze voll

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A typical scene in Berlin where advertisers use public space / abandoned property for commercial purposes. "Wir haben die schnauze voll" can mean "We are sick & tired of this" in English.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Paco de Lucia live in Berlin Tempodrom

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Das Geburtstagskonzert der 60 Int. Filmfestspiele:

Paco de Lucia Septett
Im Rahmen der Präsentation des mallorquinischen Filmfestivals „MAIFF“ (Mallorca International Film Festival) zur "Berlinale 2010" überrascht Paco de Lucía die Flamencofans im Tempodrom mit einer teilweisen Neubesetzung seines Ensembles und der Integration junger, neuer Talente in sein Septett. Erstmals wird auch der Tänzer Farruco als jüngster Spross des legendären Sevillaner Zigeunerclans dabei sein. Farrucos Großvater und Namensgeber war es gewesen, der den Tanz in den 50er und 60er Jahren zu neuen Höhen geführt hatte, allerdings immer innerhalb der Traditionen – ein interessanter Gegensatz zum vorwärts treibenden und getriebenen Erneuerer Paco de Lucía...


Paco de Lucía, born Francisco Sánchez Gómez (in Algeciras, Cádiz on December 21, 1947), is a Spanish flamenco guitarist. Recognized as a virtuoso flamenco guitarist all over the world, he is a leading proponent of the Modern Flamenco style. He is the winner of the 2004 Prince of Asturias Awards in Arts and also several Grammies...He performed to a delighted Berlin audience who he dazzled with his masterful guitar playing. His father first gave him a guitar in 1951. Share

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mauerpark "Bear Pit" in Berlin

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Mauerpark is a public park in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg district. The name translates to "Wall Park," referring to its status as a former part of the Berlin Wall and its Death Strip. The park is located at the border of Prenzlauer Berg and Gesundbrunnen district of former West Berlin.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, the Mauerpark area served as the location of the Old Nordbahnhof ("Northern Railway Station"), the southern terminus of the Prussian Northern Railway opened in 1877-78, which connected Berlin with the city of Stralsund and the Baltic Sea. Soonafter it lost its role as a passenger station to the nearby Stettiner Bahnhof and remained in use as a freight yard. In 1950 the Stettiner Bahnhof took the name Nordbahnhof because of its role in Berlin's public transportation system, and the Old Nordbahnhof became known as Güterbahnhof Eberswalder Straße. It was finally closed after the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961.
When viewed from above, one can still see remains of the railroad tracks running towards the former station from the Ringbahn.

In 1945, through the division of Berlin into four occupation zones, the land of the Old Nordbahnhof stretching from Bernauer Straße to Kopenhagener Straße was split between the French and Soviet sectors. After the building of the Berlin Wall, the land was included into the heavily guarded Death Strip with walls on either side. One of the viewing platforms, from which West Berlin residents could look over the wall into East Berlin, stood at this location. The remaining western part of the station was turned into a storehouse and commercial area.
An interesting aspect and a problem for the East German guards was the fact that the anterior part of the Wall strip was located on the steep embankment of the former railway tracks at a higher elevation than the adjacent area in the west. Yet in 1988, the East Berlin authorities concluded an agreement with the West to acquire a strip of land at the bottom of the hill to set up a more efficient border.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the former death strip was designated as a public space and one of several green spaces in the city by local residents. With a contribution of DM 4.5 million from the Allianz environmental fund, the park was built on the eastern half of the former train station. However, the western half, which still belonged to the Bundeseisenbahnvermögen real estate association, remained a trade area and since 2004 has served as the location for a flea market next to the park. Several attempts to attach the western part to the green space have so far failed.

Today the park is one of the most popular places for young residents of Berlin, especially from the fashionable district of Prenzlauer Berg, and attracts basketball players, jugglers, musicians, and many other types of people. It is a crowded leisure ground and a site of sustainable improvised nightlife, especially in the Summer, and has also become notorious for Walpurgis Night riots in recent years. There are two stadiums next to the park, including Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sportpark and Max Schmeling Halle, home to several of Berlin's local sports teams.

A 30m strip of the Berlin Wall still stands in the park today as a monument, and is a popular place for graffiti artists to paint and display their work.

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Peaceful Protestor in Anti-Nazi Rally in Dresden "No pasaran"

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He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Share

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Bahnhof Potsdamer Platz

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Berlin Potsdamer Platz is a railway station in Berlin. It is completely underground and situated underneath the Potsdamer Platz in central Berlin. Regional and S-Bahn services call at the station.

The first station at Potsdamer Platz was the Potsdamer Bahnhof terminus, which was closed on 27 September 1945 due to war damage. The S-Bahn station, situated in the Nord-Süd-Tunnel, was situated directly under the Berlin Wall and became a ghost station between 1961 and 1989.

The station was extensively remodeled and rebuilt in the 1990s.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

der Dalmatiner im Park

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People love dalmations but these dogs are even more beautiful contrasted against the pure white snow. Share

Tuesday, February 2, 2010