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Thursday 17 November 2011

Berlin Revisited


Lila Dämmerung 2 (Potsdamer Platz)




Berliner Reflektionen

Reflets de Berlin

Berlin Reflections




Back to Berlin for a 4 day conference, with just the Nikon body and one lens (only one hand luggage! and the computer bag is the obligatory one on this trip), I try to redo some of the images taken 4 years ago with a little compact camera.
After the switch from summer time the previous night, I calculate that 4 pm would be a good time to be on location. Alas, I do not take into account Berlin's north-eastern geography, and light is fading from 3:30 pm onwards!
That results in a few nice (I hope) twilight images, but I have to return another time to get the images I am after. Construction work prevents me to get to the right spot, but I am rather pleased with some of the reflections.

Lila Dämmerung 1 (Potsdamer Platz) "Lila Dämmerung", Potsdamer Platz

Fuzzy Geometry (Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus) "Fuzzy Geometry", Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus

On the way back to the government district, I pass by Neue Nationalgalerie

Neue Nationalgalerie

and "Legoland" at Potsdamer Platz
Legoland

The afternoon light and the reflection make the geometry of Paul Löbe Haus and Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus soft but no longer fuzzy:

Soft Geometry "Soft Geometry"

Wege der Demokratie "Wege der Demokratie": Stairs, balconies and a bridge linking members of parliament and their staff to each other.


And then, there is Gehry! I did not think one could simply walk past the guard at the entrance of DZ Bank at Pariser Platz, but the guard even holds the door open for you. I had heard about the explosion of "Gehry-forms" behind the stern facade imposed by the city rules around Pariser Platz. But I did not expect this. Magnificent! The meeting room inside the "whale" inside the glass-roofed inner court (“under water”?).

Wal im Bauch

Friday 4 September 2009

Intérieur - Extérieur / Place de Vosges, Paris


L'Eclaireur 1







Interior - Exterior
Innen und Außen
Intérieur - extérieur








Travelling to Paris on 30 August provided the chance to catch the last day of the Cartier-Bresson exhibition at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie. (It is still under "current exhibitions", but it will no doubt be moved from there soon: www.mep-fr.org)

Putting on Ferdinando Scianna ("La Géométrie et la Passion") at the same time, did not do him much good: Even though there were some masterpieces in his show, too (less than a handful), he clearly does not reach the level of Cartier-Bresson. Cartier-Bresson's "géometrie" is more elegant and seems completely effortless.

Coming out of the MEP (with queues even longer than when I went in - Cartier-Bresson still draws large crowds!), I strolled around Place des Vosges. Looking at the Galleries and shops, I was able to take another shot at my favourite theme of the moment: Reflections and "inside-out / outside-in". The bright sunshine projected the Place des Vosges into the Galleries and show cases, where it blended with the exhibited works.

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