Week 38 – Bridge of Spies

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)
Epson V500

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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