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!
The Glienicker Brücke divided West Berlin (US zone) and the GDR (Soviet zone), it was one of the few places along the Iron Curtain where the two super powers shared a border, hence it was here that they chose to exchange their spies. The most famous exchange took place on the 10th of February 1962, where Gary Powers the U2 pilot shot down over Soviet territory was exchanged for Vilyam “Willie” Genrikhovich Fisher who leaked US atomic secrets. Today, 24 years after German reunification, the line in the middle of the bridge only divides the cities of Berlin (in the east) and Potsdam (in the west).
Rolleiflex 3.5 F (Mark III / IV)
Carl Zeiss Planar 3.5f
Kodak Portra 400 and Ilford FP4 125 (Rodinal 1:50)
A good friend and colleague retired last week. Although we didn’t always see eye to eye, he will be remembered as one of the last pioneers, never accepting the boundaries we so often struggle to overcome.
Canon f1.8 85mm
Yashica MAT 124G
Yashinon f3.5 80mm
Fuji Pro 400H
There is much talk about the “Energy Turnaround” here, especially after Fukushima. I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether it’s beneficial to the environment or not….
I’m trying to rekindle my love with my Canon 5D at the moment and that coupled with my incompetence with my last roll of film means that you’re getting digital images remastered as Kodak Portra 400 nc (Natural Colour) this week.
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.