We stood / Steady as the stars in the woods / So happy-hearted / And the warmth rang true inside these bones

I can’t remember when I got to the point that I felt really annoyed by digital photography. Suddenly it got too much of a hassle to take hundreds of photos at events, day trips or places when I would delete half of them later anyway. So I started the experiment (Watch me being such a scientist!) of carrying that slightly heavier analogue Nikon with me to replace that classic snap-around-the-clock pattern with three or four carefully selected apertures. I’m not sure whether I’ll maintain this in the future but it works perfectly as a therapy from the fear of missing out on a “perfect” moment.

The photos that you can see here have been taken in rainy Brussels in early July, during strolls through sunny Frankfurt, while catching impressions from Berlin, both in its rainy and sunny version. Especially looking at Berlin’s different corners – the cafe near a pretty small lake, Tacheles, a space for artists that couldn’t possibly be more colourful and diverse, old dancing halls, the breath-taking panorama view from a roof terrace in Neukölln, ice cream that’s covered in sweets, the weekly flea market at Mauerpark – makes me love it all the more. Berlin is so alive, it’s the definition of life. Having said that, it naturally occurs that it might sometimes be a little overwhelming. Not in terms of the density of people (London has been the best teacher!) but in terms of the vastness of thoughts, potential and different life styles. So read more about an extremely pleasant weekend escape to rural Bavaria in my next post!

We grow, grow, steady as the morning /
We grow, grow older still /

We grow, grow, happy as a new dawn /
We grow, grow, older still /

We grow, grow, steady as the flowers /
We grow, grow, older still

(Ben Howard)

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