The Summer of Love

This was taken in August last year when things were just a little easier….. The good times will return, promise!

Leica M9M; Summilux 50;

Friedrichshain – Part 3 (Street art)

Leica M9; Summieren 35; Summilux 50; VSCO

Friedrichshain – Part 2 (Monochrome)

Leica M9; Summicron 35; Summilux 50; VSCO

Friedrichshain – Part 1 (Colour)

I spent a day in early spring walking around Friedrichshain (Berlin) and this is what I found…..

I was accompanied by Daniel (https://stadtauge.wordpress.com)

Leica M9; Summicron 35; Summilux 50; VSCO

Luftwaffenmuseum Berlin – Part 2

Here’s the second part of the shoot…. reminds me of past times.

Leica M9M; Leica M9-P; Summilux 50; Summicron 35; Elmar 21; VSCO

Luftwaffenmuseum Berlin – Part 1

The current situation allows me to get around to all the things I’ve been wanting to do for ages…… so here’s the first post in the Corona crisis.

Here are a few shots taken at the Luftwaffen museum Berlin which was formerly RAF Gatow until German reunification. There are lots of different aircraft and a lot of military equipment on view from both sides of the iron curtain.

Leica M9M; Leica M9-P; Summilux 50; Summicron 35; Elmar 21; VSCO

Bogensee…. from dictatorship to ruin…

Quoting Wikipedia:

Bogensee is a small lake near Wandlitz in the German state of Brandenburg, located about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north of the Berlin city limits.

Bogensee is known for the nearby former summer retreat of Nazi minister Joseph Goebbels, located approximately 500 m (1,600 ft) northwest of the shore. The premises were dedicated to Goebbels by the Berlin city administration on the occasion of his 39th birthday in 1936; he had an extended country home erected at the site until 1939, including a private cinema, a bunker, and adjacent SS barracks. Co-financed by the UFA film company, the building became a popular venue for movie actors like Zarah LeanderEmil Jannings, or Heinz Rühmann.

Temporarily seized by the Soviet Military Administration after World War II, the former country house was included into the newly established academy of the East German Free German Youth (FDJ) association. A wide building complex was erected from 1951 onwards, according to plans designed by Hermann Henselmann in a Stalinist style. Since German reunification in 1990, most of the buildings have been empty. As of 2018, the property had remained unoccupied for two decades.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogensee

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogensee

Leica M9M; Summilux 50mm; Summieren 35mm; Elmar 21mm;

Dackel Dolly….

One of the children’s favourite actresses during a reading in Sanssouci……. 

Leica M9; Summilux 50; VSCO

Fire Starter

Hot lady….

Leica M9; Summilux 50; VSCO

Knickers to you…..

or a visit to the Hackischen Höfe (Berlin) with a rather surreal analogue film.

Be sure to scroll through all the pictures. Strange sights, strange film, I particularly like the camel with a camera…..

Leica M6; Summicron 35mm; ADOX Color Implosion

 

Sacrow….

in the Winter….

Leica M9; Summilux 50; VSCO

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Behind the Facade…..

In the car park behind Germany’s most exclusive department store on a very special day…..

I think I just liked the light and the lines……

Leica M9; Summilux 50; VSCO

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Daniel’s Leaving…

he’s moving on to bigger and better things…..

Leica M2; Summicron 35; Kodak T-MAX 400

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Metamorphosis – Teufelsberg (Berlin)

The Teufelsberg is an artificial hill in the middle of Berlin. It is made up of the rubble that was cleared out of the heavily bombed city after the war. It is the highest point in Berlin and lies in the former British sector. The British and the Americans built a listening post on the top so they could intercept messages far into the eastern sectors. After the wall came down the occupying powers withdrew and the numerous investment projects have failed leaving the former listening facility in the hands of artists and musicians. A true metamorphosis!

Leica M9; Summilux 50; Summicron 35; Lightroom & VSCO

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Week Twelve – The grass is always greener…..

Spring in Brandenburg….

Konica Hexar; Konica 35mm f2; Fujichrome Provia 400X

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Week Nine – A Right Royal Evening….

Neues Palais during the early evening sunset…..

Leica M9; Summicron 35mm; Lightroom

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Week Seven – Winter Havel…

no snow but still pretty cold…

Fujifilm X-T1; Fujinon 10-24mm f4; Lightroom

Week 7 - Winter Havel

Week Six – Fantasia….

Nothing is as it seems….

Leica M9; Summilux 50; Summicron 35; Lightroom & NIK

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Week Five – The Forger….

Find the forger….

Leica M9; Summilux 50 / Summicron 35; Lightroom / NIK

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Week 52 – Mike…

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Week 51 – Daniel…

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Week 49 – Zoltan…

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Week 45 – Lutz….

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Week 14 – Thomas

Taken in the men’s sanatorium in Beelitz-Heilstätten.

Fuji X-T1

Fujinon 56mm f1.2

Aperture & NIK

Week 14 - Thomas

 

Week 53 – Finish as you mean to go on…..

…. this is Dia, whom I had the pleasure of photographing last October. I’ve been saving the best till last so to say….

Thanks to Dia for her patience and staying-power (in the cold and very hostile environment) and thanks to Peter for his good advice!

For more on the coming fifty-three weeks look here!

Canon 5D

Canon 24-105 f4; Canon 50mm f1.4; Lensbaby Composer Pro with Sweet 35

Aperture and NIK

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Week 48 – Berlin’s Skyline….

….or a view from a furniture store, nice isn’t it?

What do you do after the stress of Christmas has finally passed, that’s right you go shopping….

Fujifilm X100
Fujinon f2 23mm 
Aperture and NIK
VSCO – Kodak Portra 160
 
Week 48 - Berlin's Skyline I
 Week 48 - Berlin's Skyline II

Week 46 – Not to be misunderstood….

I went out to Berlin with some colleagues to take some photos. I was pretty happy with the results, it wasn’t until my wife asked me whether everything was okay that the symbolism actually dawned on me. I can assure you everything is fine…..

Canon 5D
1;2;4 – Canon 24-105 f4
3 – Lensbaby with Fisheye Optic
Aperture and NIK

Week 46 - Alexander Platz IWeek 46 - Alexander Platz III Week 46 - Alexander Platz IVand finally the building site on Alexanderplatz

Week 46 - Alexander Platz II

Week 41 – Uhlandstrasse

I picked up my Yashica from the a CLA and had a little time to kill in the city, so I stopped by a photo shop to buy a roll of film. It was really dark, the Yashinon is not a very fast lens (f3.5) and with only having a HP5+ film @ ISO 400 I figured there was not much chance of getting any keepers. I shot the film at 1/15 (hand-held) and pushed the film during development to ISO 800 and look what came out! (even if they are a little blurred)

Yashica MAT 124G
Yashinon f3.5 80mm
Ilford HP5+
Rodinal (Pushed to ISO 800)
Epson V500

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Week 30 – Independence Day ……

… remember the film? Looks similar doesn’t it?

I’ve been here many times before and even blogged about it twice. This project never ceases to amaze me and there’s still no end in sight.

(As you might have noticed the horizon was a little wonky today, nothing serious and it won’t shouldn’t happen again.)

Fujifilm X100
Fujinon f2 23mm
Aperture and NIK

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Week 48 – Satzkorn

EPSON scanner imageSome of you might have noticed that I missed a week in between so as the year closes I’m trying to catch up.

This was taken with a Zenza Bronica ETRS using a Zenzanon 1:3.5 f=150 mm lens. The film type was Lomography Earl Grey ISO 100, which was developed using Rodinal in a mixture of 1:25 for 5 minutes. Finally it was scanned using an Epson Perfection V500 and post processed in Aperture and Silver Efex Pro II. I’m pretty sure this won’t be of interest for most of you, but I am nonetheless very proud to have completely processed this myself from start to finish 😉

Week 18 – Simply Mitte

The middle of Berlin, nothing more and nothing less……

Week 43 – Somewhere in Europe

The title says it all really, this “street view” could be anywhere from Paris, London, Berlin or Budapest. Although it may not be as spectacular as some of the past posts, for me it somehow represents the oncoming winter evenings.

f/8 20 Sec. ISO 200 @22mm

Somewhere in Europe

Week 33 – The first day of school

Here in Germany they have a wonderful tradition for the first school day. The children have to go into school on a Saturday where they are able to meet their new school mates and receive a “Schultüte” (translates as “First-Day-of School-cornet” apparently). The “Schultüte” is normally filled with stationary and more importantly lots of sweets.

This was Johanna’s big day, although I fear that she had to share some of her goodies with her mother.

f/6.3 1/200 ISO 400 @30mm

Johanna's first day at school

Week 32 – Sanssouci Rose

This was shot during a rainy Sunday stroll through Sanssouci…..

f/4 1/125 ISO 400 @30mm

Week 31 – Polperro and Stonehenge

These are the last two taken on holiday.

The first one shows the lovely fishing village of Polperro which was just down the road from Looe (Cornwall) where we spent the second week of our England and Wales round-trip.

The second picture was shot on the way back to Harwich at Stonehenge.

f/14 1/125  ISO 400 @17mm

Polperro

f/14 1/250 ISO 400 @30mm Pol. Filter

Stonehenge

Week 29 – Coming Home

Some of you might have guessed that the project has not died, moreover everybody is entitled to a bit of a holiday sometime.

After driving back through Germany and the Netherlands this was the view that greeted us on the Stena ferry taking us home.

There will be more to come over the next few days to catch up.

f/16 1/60 ISO 400 @17mm

Hoek van Holland

Week 28 – Don’t you just love blondes…….

and this one is a very special example…… meet the aptly named Bonny.

She is a very obedient, patient and easy going girl, quite prepared to have her pictures taken in the rain sitting next to her favourite treat without complaint.

A real low maintenance girl……..

f/4 1/80 ISO 100 @30mm

The Blonde Bombshell

Week 26 – Kim Wilde and the Siblings

The Economist was recently titled “The man who screwed an entire country” accompanied by a picture of Silvio Berlusconi. In Potsdam it isn’t a single man but more a political morass of people who were on the payroll of the regime before the fall of the wall. One of the latest victims has been the local public services company which hosts the annual music festival in Potsdam. This year’s roll call included Simple Minds, Robin Gibb and Kim Wilde.

The first shot was taken as a candid during Kim Wilde’s “Cambodia”. My covert skills obviously leave a lot to be desired as my subjects quickly spotted my intentions. The second shot was taken with their kind permission.

My thanks go to these unknown siblings on a bench.

f/4 1/25 ISO 800 @50mm

Kim Wilde in Potsdam

f/5 1/8 ISO 1250 @30mm

Week 25 – Verena and Paris

This week’s picture is a tribute to a great Frenchman, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry both an aviator and a children’s author. Second only to that man Eric in French history…..

This was shot with kind permission of Verena under the plaque commemorating Saint-Exupéry in the Panthéon (Paris) during a recent business trip.

f/5 1/125 ISO 800 @29mm

Verena in the Panthéon (Paris)

Week 23 – Rainy Milano

This is Uli, my colleague on a very wet day in Milan. We went from a glorious nearly 30°C in Berlin to a miserable 18°C and rain in Milan. Still I got to see the San Siro from the outside so all in all not bad for a day’s business trip.

Rainy Milano

The first picture (above) is a crop of the second (below), as usual I couldn’t decide so I’m hedging my bets once again.

Both (of course) f4 1/1250 ISO 400 @30mm

Rainy Milano Again

Week 22 – Schloss Lindstedt

as above ………

f8 1/50 ISO 800 @50mm

Castle Lindstedt

Week 21 – Back to basics…..

This was taken early in the morning whilst on my way to work on that “sit up and beg” style Dutch bike of mine that I have mentioned previously. The view is from the Havelstrasse across to the Hans Otto theatre in Potsdam.

I’ve finally gone full frame, albeit analogue. This was shot with a Pentacon 50mm f1.8 (effectively a Meyer Oreston 50mm f1.8) lens on a Praktica MTL3 camera which were last produced around 1984. The MTL3 is completely manual with the only electronics being an inbuilt TTL light meter. It is pure East German precision engineering even if the technology used is over five decades old.

I’m really enjoying shooting film at the moment so be prepared for more in the coming weeks. This shot is OOC as they say, meaning straight out of the camera with no digital development whatsoever.

If I remember rightly:

f11 1/500 Ilford HP5 (ISO 400) @50mm

Hans Otto Theatre (Analogue)

Week 20 – The Avenue

This is the avenue that runs between the Orangery and the Dragonhouse (Belvedere) in Sanssouci.

I seem to have suffered a creative block this week, considering my L.O.F.T. it’s astonishing that I can be susceptible to such a thing.

f10 1/125 ISO 100 @30mm

From the Orangery to the Dragonhouse (Belvedere)

Week 18 – The Lady by the Lake

…… on a sunny May afternoon in Neuruppin (1923).

f4 1/800 ISO 200 @19mm

The Lady by the Lake

Week 17 – The Pleasure Garden

….. or in German the “Lustgarten” which somehow has a more appealing ring to it ……..

f14 1/200 ISO 200 @30mm

The Pleasure Garden

Week 16 – Have a break….

have a, well it’s not a KitKat that’s for sure but I think she’s enjoying it anyway.

It’s been a long time coming but spring has well and truly arrived in the capital.

f5.6 1/50 ISO 200 @25 mm

Berlin Mitte

Week 15 – Nonuplets (Neunlinge)

This is Uta…… and Uta, with Uta in the background, Uta in front of Uta, beside them is Uta, by the side of her is Uta, with Uta and Uta in the distance. (From left to right).

Thanks to erm ….. that’s right Uta.

f 10 1/250 ISO 200 @17mm

Nonuplets

Week 14 – The Class of 2011


The Class of 2011 in 2011

It’s 21 years ago this Spring since I sat my A-levels and these ladies 20 years my junior will be studying hard as I write to make sure they get the grade for Uni. I certainly don’t envy them in the slightest.

Without wanting to sound like the pompous “old git” that I really am, I’d like to say to them “make the most of it all and above all enjoy it!”, I know I did (and do).

The picture below gives an idea how the scene my have looked in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s.

My special thanks go to:

The Music Class of 2011 at the Goethe Gymnasium Nauen, Germany

They are: Nora, Anika, Carolin, Susi, Anne, Deborah, Sophia, Fine, Anne, Jenny, Isabell, Alena, Kristina, Miriam, Franzi and Antje.

f5 1/25 ISO 320 @19mm (for both shots)

The Class of 2011 in 1991

Week 13 – Beer Benches to You!

And lots of them!

Apparently the official translation is “Ale-Bench” although I’ve never heard of this expression and I find the literal translation of “Bierbank” somehow more pleasing, even if it isn’t correct.

Sunday evening and the very last minute, with the inspiration once again coming from elsewhere (the usual source). All rather hurried in every respect as well, sorry for that and I hope you like it anyway.

f 8 1/5 ISO 200 -1 ev 26mm

Volkspark, Potsdam

 

Week 12 – Katharinenholz

Thanks to Antje for this week’s entry, I was definitely in need of some inspiration for one reason or another.

Spring hasn’t quite made it yet, even if the clocks have gone forward this last weekend. It is however “in the air” as they say.

This was taken at Katharinenholz in Bornim (Potsdam)

f10 1/160 ISO 400 30mm


Katharinenholz (Bornim)

 

Week 11 – Park Babelsberg

Here we are back in not so exotic territories but home nonetheless.

Many thanks to Tom for this week’s suggestion and of course to the unknown cyclist who rounded off the picture nicely. It was taken from Park Babelsberg overlooking the Havel River to the city of Potsdam.

Thanks also, to those readers who pointed out that I have been living abroad for too long and that my blog should be named “53 Weeks on a bench” rather than “53 weeks on a bank”. Although both are of questionable heritage with regard to the English language and everything else for that matter, (one being a Geordie and the other a Yorkshireman), I will none the less adapt my “Germisch” or “Dinglisch” title to the correct “Bench”.

It would have been kind if someone would have let me know a little earlier, to which my better half will undoubtedly say “I told you so!” and she is German…… nuff said!

f1.4 1/8000 ISO 200 @30mm

Park Babelsberg

 

Week 4 – A Blast from the Past

Karlshorst (Berlin) is the latest “in” urban location for the alternative “new” Berliners (after Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain). Whilst the infrastructure, amenities and general standard of living begin to improve, and the rents increase, it is easy to forget that the district has a very special past.

After the unconditional surrender was signed by Field Marshall Wilhelm Keitel on the 8th of April 1945 in Karlshorst, the war in Europe came to a close.

On the 10th of November 1949, it was here that the Soviet administration issued the official mandate for the formation of the new East German state, the Deutsche Demokratische Republik.

Twenty years after the collapse of DDR and the exit of the Soviet troops, Karlshorst now prepares for the new invasion of Starbucks, IKEA, organic supermarkets and Montessori / Waldorf schools.

Russian T-34 (Calibre 85mm) Tank – f10 1/40 ISO 200 22mm

Week 2 Potsdam – “The-Bread-Roll-Run”

I think you may have to get used to a number of these banks being within the boundaries of the city of Potsdam, as well as being taken at the last possible moment during the week.

The more observant of you will have noticed that this was taken on a Sunday, hence it was taken on the first day of the new week. This is correct, unless you live in Germany, where the first day of the week is a Monday. Although I always mutter that this custom is incorrect and probably goes against some international (most probably European Union) law, it certainly worked to my advantage this week.

To those readers used to my rants on this subject and the mixing up of commas and full stops in the German numerical system I have this to say:

“Was interessiert mich mein Geschwätz von gestern.” Konrad Adenauer (First German Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany)

This roughly translates as:

“Who cares what twaddle I have spoken in the past” A rather novel admittance for a politician I think.

That does not go to say that I will in future condone either of the above errors.

The image was taken on my Sunday “Bread-Roll-Run” with the kids, whilst their mother idled, well deserved I might add, in her warm and cosy bed.

We’ve had mild weather with rain over the past few days, which has brought the remnants of the New Year’s celebrations to the surface as well as preserving patches of dirty snow.

A picture fitting for the time of year I think.

Week 1 Dallgow Döberitzer Heide

“It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.” – David Bailey – In “Face,” (London), Dec 1984.

It is with this in mind that we set off on our 53 week photographic journey. There are few things more ordinary than a bank, so in the hope that not all the images presented are just ordinary, let’s get started.

It was one of the those wonderful Winter afternoons that you get when the easterly winds blow across the North German plains making the air dry, crisp and very cold. We were out with the kids to see how the wild bison, horses and reindeer fared in the conditions. As the winter sun started to set I came across this makeshift bench.

It was my first bank of the year.