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 Leander, Emil 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.”
….since I last posted anything. To be honest I’ve been searching (as ever) for a little inspiration for a new project lasting 53 weeks and I can’t seem to settle on that “one” subject. It’s not for the lack of ideas it’s just that that simply I don’t want to confine myself to one type of motive or one medium or one of whatever…..
Therefore the next few posts will be of things that I’ve been shooting over the past three months. While you read these I’ll be racking my brains for that new “one” subject…..
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!
Continuing on the subject of cars …. Germany’s oldest natural (or temporary) race track.
The Schleizer Dreieck (Triangle) has featured in my blog before, back in May 2011 (Week-19 – The Schleizer Triangle), this time on film, from a slightly different perspective and a month earlier in the year.
Picture 1:Fuji GA 645 PROFujinon 1:4 f=60mmFuji Pro 400HEpson Perfection V500Pictures 2, 3 and 4Zenza Bronica ETRSZenzanon f1:2.8 75mmFuji Pro 400HEpson Perfection V500
….. and finally I leave you with this, the last of its kind (for the next six months at least) ….. promise 😉
Took a stroll with the “Big Man” on the hunt for photo opportunities. Me with my Bronica and him with his Canon EOS 1000fn which we got from a flea market for just a few Euros.
I spent a while at the beginning of the year thinking of a new subject for another 53 weeks of blogging and came to the conclusion that I was perhaps better off leaving it open to give me a little more freedom. Well to be honest, I think I need a subject even if it’s only loosely defined and I also need the pressure of having to take a photo on a weekly basis. So starting next week this blog will once again have a subject and a time frame.
This somehow reminds me of a song I used to listen to when I was a kid.
Mike Harding wrote
“I was a penniless student wandering round Manchester, staying up all night in all-night cafes making a cup of coffee last for ever and arguing about life and politics through the night. This song is about the morning after when the sun came shouting into the city and, faintly delirious and high on the pure wonder of being alive, I wandered round watching the town waking up. The song was written down in 1975 but was really written in those mad days of testosterone and Holts’ Bitter – 1960 -1963.”
Been there, seen it and done it, even if it was 30 years later…….
Bomber’s Moon of which Good Morning Morning was one of the tracks, was released in 1984
I’m being very lenient with myself this week, not only am I using the British definition of a week (i.e. Sunday to Saturday, instead of the German Monday to Sunday), but I’m also posting something for the second time (see week 1) albeit from a very different angle.
or even the night of the palaces. This is an annual “cultural feast” during which the Sanssouci Park opens its gates to visitors well into the night. The palaces are ablaze with light and classical music resounds from every corner, this is rounded off with a fantastic firework display at midnight.
We managed to sneak on the eve of the occasion while all was quiet for a quick nosey.
I was a little hasty on the trigger and published this week’s post before I had actually written anything. This BMW R 75 was built in 1941 and most probably served the Luftwaffe during this period. It is a rarity but the lucky owner recently managed to purchase the previous model as well. It’s a very large bike but incredibly quiet.
Good luck with the collection!
P.S. So this week’s lesson is never confuse “Save” and “publish” on WordPress ……
It was rather fitting that I should find myself in this part of Berlin on this day, May the 1st of course being international labour day.
It was here on the 17th of June 1953 that the workers of the newly formed GDR started their uprising against the fledgling socialist regime, primarily due to the increase of work quotas. The Soviets were called in and the “counter-revolution” was quashed with an official loss of 125 lives. From then on this monumental socialist boulevard was used for parades and celebrations in honour of the “great” regime. The Stalin Allee was later renamed the Karl-Marx-Allee when it wasn’t quite so fashionable to be associated with that particular dictator.
The Tower in the background is the East-Berliner “Fernsehturm” another piece of awe-inspiring socialist architecture.
I’m not sure the lady painting would have been overly thrilled at having her picture taken (judging by the little card on the painting), but I saw this and thought it was just the perfect double for this week. The biggest challenge was trying to take it without having 15 tourists in the shot at the same time!
Paris was great and we’ll be back, probably all four of us next time.
Schleiz’s claim to fame is one of the oldest “natural” race tracks in Germany.
The first ever race took place on the 10th of June 1923, with the aim being to race as far as possible and as quickly as possible on five litres of fuel. The winner of the car race was Mr. Huldreich Heußer with a total distance of 87.3 km and an average of 41.4 km/h (which quite incidentally is similar to what I get out of my Dutch “sit up and beg” style bicycle when going downhill fully laden). Mr. Horst Raebel on his motorcycle managed six laps with an average speed of 64.2 km/h (which is something to aim for on that bicycle).
I’ve really no idea who won this particular race, but today the top speeds average 160 km/h per lap……I think I’ll get my coat!