• 01 Poor but sexy

    01 Poor but sexy

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  • 02 Sexy but decent

    02 Sexy but decent

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  • 03 Decent but with the head in the clouds

    03 Decent but with the head in the clouds

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  • 04 With the head in the clouds but traditional

    04 With the head in the clouds but traditional

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  • 05 Traditional but exciting

    05 Traditional but exciting

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  • 06 Exciting but mundane

    06 Exciting but mundane

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  • 07 Mundane but famous

    07 Mundane but famous

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  • 08 Famous but too late

    08 Famous but too late

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  • 09 Too late but innovativ

    09 Too late but innovativ

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  • 10 Innovative but too expensive

    10 Innovative but too expensive

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  • 11 Too expensive but deeply in love

    11 Too expensive but deeply in love

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  • 12 Deeply in love but undecided

    12 Deeply in love but undecided

    Photomarathon Berlin 2014
  • 01 Poor but sexy
  • 02 Sexy but decent
  • 03 Decent but with the head in the clouds
  • 04 With the head in the clouds but traditional
  • 05 Traditional but exciting
  • 06 Exciting but mundane
  • 07 Mundane but famous
  • 08 Famous but too late
  • 09 Too late but innovativ
  • 10 Innovative but too expensive
  • 11 Too expensive but deeply in love
  • 12 Deeply in love but undecided

Contradictions - Photomarathon Berlin 2014

Here are my photos and short references to the sites. I used a neat feature that my camera provides, multiple exposure. To adhere to the rules, all photos were made in the order of the topics and submitted as they come out of the camera.

01 Arm aber sexy - Poor but sexy
This is a catch phrase from Berlin major Klaus Wowereit (2004), describing the city. He resides at the "Red City Hall" (Rotes Rathaus) near Alexanderplatz. Also, the start number needed to be in the picture.

02 Sexy aber decent - Sexy but decent
Along Unter den Linden, there is the Berliner Dome and right in front of it the Lustgarten ("lust garden").

03 Dezent aber ein Traumtänzer - Decent but with the head in the clouds
A few meters further is the statue of Alexander von Humboldt, well known explorer of the world and also founding father of the also well known Humboldt University.

04 Traumtänzer aber gut bürgerlich - With the head in the clouds but traditional
Close to the Brandenburg Gate, the European institutions (Council, Parliament and Commission) have their German representation, very close also to Angela Merkels Chancellery.

05 Gut bürgerlich, aber spannend - Traditional but exciting
At those football world cup times (traditional), my concentration is still on the German basketball playoff finals that my favourite team, Alba is playing.

06 Spannend aber alltäglich - Exciting but mundane
The Hamburger Bahnhof ("Hamburg station") is now a museum for modern art, the new Berlin main station is only a few meters away.

07 Alltäglich aber berühmt - Mundane but famous
Further along at Invalidenstraße you find the world famous Charité, the Berlin Medical School of both Humboldt and Free University that of course also needs to do the day-to-day business at the emergency room.

08 Berühmt aber zu spät - Famous but too late
This area was the once the border between West and East Berlin, separated by the Berlin Wall. There now is a memorial at Bernauer Straße (the bars representing and extending the actual original pieces of the wall. For the victims who were killed while trying to cross the border, there are crosses right at the Reichstags-building, now the home of the German parliament.

09 Zu spät aber innovativ - Too late but innovativ
This is the Holocaust memorial right next to the Brandenburg Gate. It was built many decades after the horrible crimes and features a wave like construction that "extends" the nearby Tiergarten with concrete.

10 Innovativ aber zu teuer - Innovative but too expensive
A few steps further again, the Sony centre at Potsdamer Platz. Not only the tent-like roof, also moving the "Kaisersaal" was a very complex undertaking.

11 Zu teuer aber schwer verliebt - Too expensive but deeply in love
The Adagio Club is one of the more exclusive in Berlin. The double O are supposed to represent wedding rings.

12 Schwer verliebt aber unentschieden - Deeply in love but undecided
Again, football is visible everywhere. This commercial shows a couple of people loving football (and each other?). However, the actual game on at the time was still a draw at the time.



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