17 April 2021 : no skin
I made two separate visits back to this piece of graffiti - hidden behind bushes on the back of a garden wall directly on the edge of the Mauerweg (the old Berlin Wall route) - to take photos after I had first spotted it during a run. The top photo was taken on a gloomy day and when I got back and looked at the image, the results looked drab. The grey concrete wall and the overgrown winter bushes seemed to dominate.
I returned a couple of days later when the sun was threatening to come out. I stood in a slightly different part of the undergrowth to change the framing. I watched some birds jumping about nearby as I waited for the clouds to clear, feeling conspicuous as people walked past. After a quarter of an hour the sun came out for about 8 seconds but that was all I needed to get the second photo. The difference is more contrast, squarer framing and a subtle positivity in the words. To be totally honest, I'm not sure if it's more suitable for the project.
I have been concentrating on individual photography projects recently, for a few weeks to a month at a time, and not returning to them once I consider them finished. I see a lot of graffiti as I am out and about (as much as one can be these days) in Berlin but rarely see examples that interest me. Although Embracing Graffiti is a project I now consider finished, the piece above drew my attention. Who has no skin? Is it a racial observation or something to do with drugs? Who knows.
I have decided to include the piece as a late addition on the print of the project's photographs.
11 April 2021 : pipe dreams in blue
Spilling out of the adamant like entrails, these pipes will eventaully carry services across the canal in Märkischesviertel, Berlin. If you were looking for some evidence that the modern city and modern technology are definitely not in synchronisation, here is a good example. What a chaotic and inaccessible solution.
05 April 2021 : blossom, graffiti, diggers
A fairly Berlin combination of colours and forms, it makes perfect sense when you think about it. Today also happens to be Easter Monday so no one is working.
27 February 2021 : sofa on the Mauerweg
This is a rejected photo from my Embracing Graffiti series. The graffiti here is not particularly inspiring aesthetically nor in its message, and is more impermanent than the other samples in the series. I still like the image as it is clean and bold, so I thought I would show it here. The Mauerweg is the name for the long strip of land previously occupied by the Berlin Wall. More than thirty years after the fall of the wall, this strip of land is still just wasteland in many places, and a target for the dumping of trash.
14 August 2020 : donut enter
A walk brought about
by a broken engine belt
brought me to this
circle in the road.
12 April 2020 : flyover forms
An area of Berlin currently undergoing even more intensive restructuring than most other places is the border between Wedding and Moabit. There is a lot of light industry already here and previously industrialized sites are also being gentrified into sprawling blocks of flats. New transport links - in this image a combination of new road and rail flyovers - are snaking their way through the dusty air. Uncharacteristically elegant street furniture (compared to the rest of the city) emphasises the scale of this endeavour.