Spring is in the air…..

so here’s a look back to winter in the Harz mountains….

Leica M9; Summilux 50; Summicron 35; VSCO;

Leica M2

At the beginning of the year I had my old Leica M2 from 1961 CLAed in Wetzlar. Here’s the first result……

Leica M2; Elmar 2.8 50mm; Kodak Portra 400

Christmas is banned……

As the temperatures soar above 30°C, I catch up with those winter pictures…. a (mild) winter walk in January.

Leica M9M; Summicron 35mm; Summilux 50mm; VSCO; Lightroom

The last of Winter….

Now that Spring has arrived I can keep posting those depressing shots of Winter…..

Leica M9; Summilux 50 & Sumicron 35; VSCO

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in the Winter….

Leica M9; Summilux 50; VSCO

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Week Four – Life for Rent….


Leica M9; Summicron 35; Lightroom


Week four - Life for rent

Week 47 – Winter Wanderings…..

There’s no snow, it’s warm, windy and wet. It’s like being back in England at Christmas.

Canon 5D
Canon 24-105  f4
Aperture and NIK
Week 47 - Winter Wanderings I
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Week 8 – Beware the Ides of March …..

no real change here folks…… yet!

(and as I will be taking next week’s entry this week don’t hold your breath, because we’ve had lots more snow!)

Zenza Bronica ETRS
Zenzanon f1:2.8 75mm
Fuji PRO 400H
Epson Perfection V500
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Week 7 – Promises, promises ….. some broken, some kept….

Last week was supposed to be the last of the gloomy winter posts, well forget it! Spring did appear for a couple of days and probably decided it was definitely too cold to come out. The promise kept was from Week 41 – Werderscher Damm last year, when I said I’d be back!

I won’t make any more promises about the weather, promise!

Pictures 1,2 and 4 
Zenza Bronica ETRS
Zenzanon f1:2.8 75mm
Kodak Portra 400
Epson Perfection V500
Picture 3:
Fuji GA 645 PRO 
Fujinon 1:4 f=60mm
Kodak Portra 400
Epson Perfection V500

Week 7 - Promises, promises

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Week 7 - Promises, promises II

Week 6 – The end of Winter….

….or at least we hope so. The sun has started to shine again this week so next week’s post should hopefully be a little less gloomy.

Fuji GA 645 PRO 
Fujinon 1:4 f=60mm
Fujichrome Provia 100f
Epson Perfection V500
Week 6 - The end of Winter I
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Week – 5 Nuthewiesen

So here goes a fresh start…. for more see and yet again in 2013.

Week 4 was taken on one of the very few sunny days of the year so far and in contrast this is what the region can look like at this time of the year.

Fuji GA 645 PRO <= New Baby!!
Fujinon 1:4 f=60mm
Kodak 400 T-MAX
Rodinal 1:50
Epson Perfection V500

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Week 3 – Winter Wonderland

I was going to do this week on derelict buildings and then I scanned these two and all that changed…..

P.S. As you see I still don’t seem to have got over my “analogue” phase just yet, and to be honest there’s no end in sight!

Zenza Bronica ETRS
Zenzanon f1:3.5 150mm
Kodak Portra 400
Epson Perfection V500
Winter Wonderland II
Winter Wunderland

Week 1 – Bitterly Cold

I can honestly say that I know of no place on earth, where the wind blows straight through you as it does in that dirty miserable megalopolis that is Berlin in winter. I still love it though.

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I managed to meet-up with an old friend while he was visiting. We hadn’t seen each other since we last met while I was studying and he was serving in the same town in 1990. Time flies and neither of us have change one little bit! 😉

EPSON scanner image

I’m back for another 53 and I’d be very happy if you would accompany me for the duration!

Rollei 35 S
Rollei HFT Sonnar 2.8 / 40mm
Kodak Portra 400
Epson Perfection V500

Week 52 – The Pyramid

It’s not quite over yet…. but it will be soon.

Round three? To be honest I’m not really sure. If I do do it, then it will definitely be in a different manner.
What do you think? Should I stay or should I go?

Zenza Bronica ETRS
Zenzanon 75mm f 2.8
Kodak Portra 400
Epson Perfection V500

The Pyramid

Week 6 – Cafe Barock

Back from my travels….. this is the Café Barock in Caputh, a suitable duet for the time of year me thinks.

Week 1 – Belvedere Palace

Well here we go again, another 53 weeks lie ahead of us.

If anything this next period will be more difficult than the first, if only because doing something again is often more difficult than setting out to do something the first time.

They say you should start as you mean to go on, so at the last minute on the Sunday afternoon (before the light faded), I walked up to the Belvedere Palace to shoot this.

I do hope you like it!

Week 50 – Bahnhof Pirschheide

In the Winter of 1994 I left this station for my first interview on German soil. My journey would lead me through the dreary, smog prone and colourless landscapes of industrial eastern Germany. I went through places which were synonymous with deprivation even by East German standards, places like Riesa, Bitterfeld and finally ending my tour in Leipzig. Having grown up in the industrial north-west of England, I wasn’t exactly squeamish but this certainly was a new standard.

I’ve never been through Riesa or Bitterfeld since, but I know that Leipzig is now bustling and splendid city. The station however, has over time become derelict. I managed to sneak in and get a few shots this week, some of which I’ll post on Flickr during the next few days.

I never did get the job, I presume I did not represent what they were looking for or my German language skills were not up to scratch. It was either that or the combination of my grandads old checkered jacket and my pink panther tie didn’t make the desired impression.

f/4 1/80 ISO 100 @30mm

Bahnhof Pirschheide

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 9 – From Bremen to ….

…… tune in again next week for the sequel, you won’t be disappointed!

Thanks to Peter for his patience trudging around Bremen city centre on a cold damp winters evening.

f1.8 1/25 ISO 800 50mm ambient light

Bremen Hauptbahnhof

(P.S. I really do love that cheap 50mm 1.8 piece of glass)

Week 8 – Zum Zipfelteich

Here’s a picture of the little people and their mother on a rather curious looking bank. It was taken during one of those now so very familiar winter walks in the south-east of the country.

This is a place I will undoubtedly be visiting again this year albeit, in a somewhat tempered climate. I might even use this location as a changing of the seasons project within this project because it really is ever so pretty here.

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Am Zipfelteich

P.S. Sorry about the blown out sky but sometimes you just can’t choose when you get the opportunity to shoot, and I really didn’t want to “Photoshop” it.

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 3 – Moody Skies in the Depth of Winter

Winter once again returns.

Taken on an afternoon walk to break up the all day feast which is synonymous with rural family celebrations.


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Görkwitz (Thuringia)