Fotoeins Fotografie

questions of place & home

Posts from the ‘Urban Photography’ category

Festival of Lights, Potsdamer Platz, Mauerfall, Berliner Mauer, Berlin Wall, Fall of the Wall, Berlin, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: 30 years after the fall of the Wall, 5 of 5

November 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin- and inner-German wall.

With the annual Festival of Lights casting colour and patterns, I’m standing next to the first ever traffic signal in Germany (1924), just out of view to the left. What’s highlighted is a stripe on the pavement through the centre of the frame, with the camera view south to the south entrance to Potsdamer Platz train station. The imbedded brick stripe marks the former location of the “Vorderlandmauer“, the forward or boundary wall immediately next to West Berlin). Left of the stripe would have been East Berlin; to the right, West Berlin.

I made the image above on 14 October 2017 with a Canon 6D mark 1 and the following settings: 1/50-sec, f/4, ISO10000, and 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-fdf.


Location

The first map section from berlin.de shows my location and image perspective with a black asterisk and black arrow, respectively, with additional parts labeled: Vorderlandmauer (boundary or outer wall) which was often but not always coincident with the “politische Grenze” (political border) between West and East Berlin, Grenzstreifen (border control zone), and Hinterlandmauer (hinterland or inner wall). West Berlin is to the left of the red line, and East Berlin is to the right of the blue line. The second map section below is clickable via Google Maps.

Berliner Mauer, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin.de

Berliner Mauer, Potsdamer Platz: berlin.de.

Macy's, Bon Marche building, The Bon, Thanksgiving, holiday star, Seattle, Washington, USA, fotoeins.com

Seattle: Thanksgiving holiday star & fireworks

As a wae lad, I was fascinated by comparative branding and marketing, and that’s how I got to thinking about the differences and similarities between Canada’s Hudson’s Bay Company in greater Vancouver and the American Bon Marché in Bellingham and Seattle. But I don’t ever recall a tradition of lighting a star for October/Canadian Thanksgiving.

In downtown Seattle, a grand building opened in 1929 for the locally-owned Bon Marché department store, operating for over 7 decades until “The Bon” became Macy’s in 2005. A holiday star designed by Bob James in 1957 would become a fixture for the city and her residents. In September 2019, Macy’s declared the downtown Seattle location would be closing at the end of February 2020. At the time, the announcement included no plans for lighting the holiday star.

However, the star looks to be coming back for one more (final?) illumination, as a local lighting company agreed to refurbish and reassemble the star in time for the 2019 Thanksgiving season. Festivities occur Friday November 29, beginning with the annual Thanksgiving parade followed by the star’s lighting and fireworks.

•   MyNorthwest, 27 Nov 2019.

( Click here for images and more )

Nordbahnhof, Bernauer Strasse, Mauerfall, Berliner Mauer, Berlin Wall, Fall of the Wall, Berlin, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: 30 years after the fall of the Wall, 4 of 5

November 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin- and inner-German wall.

Facing south, corner of Julie-Wolfthorn-Strasse and Gartenstrasse:

The brick and metal stripe in the pavement lies between S-Bahn station Nordbahnhof (green “S”) and the Visitor Centre for the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse (beyond the image frame). East- and West-Berlin would have been on the left and right of the stripe, respectively. The stripe delineates the path of the former Berlin Wall which divided the city and represented a sort of “landmark” and “status quo” for the Cold War over a 28-year period between 1961 and 1989. Construction of the Berlin Wall began quietly and without warning just after midnight on 13 August 1961. The Wall fell 28 years later on 9 November 1989.

I made the image above on 6 December 2014 with a Canon 6D mark1 and the following settings: 1/200-sec, f/9, ISO2000, and 28mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-fdE.


Location

The first map section from berlin.de shows my location and image perspective with a black asterisk and black arrow, respectively, with additional parts labeled: Vorderlandmauer (boundary or outer wall) which was often but not always coincident with the “politische Grenze” (political border) between West and East Berlin, Grenzstreifen (border control zone), and Hinterlandmauer (hinterland or inner wall). West Berlin is above the red line, and East Berlin is below the blue line. The second map section below is clickable via Google Maps.

Berliner Mauer, Nordbahnhof, Berlin.de

Berliner Mauer, Nordbahnhof: berlin.de.

Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer, Berlin Wall Memorial, Bernauer Strasse, Berlin, Hauptstadt, Mauerfall, Fall of the Wall, Berlin Wall, Berliner Mauer, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: 30 years after the fall of the Wall, 3 of 5

November 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin- and inner-German wall.

This green space at the Berlin Wall Memorial looks harmless through a present-day perspective, but this so-called “security wall” was meant to prevent people from leaving. Not only was there a wall at the boundary between East Berlin and West Berlin, there was a 2nd inner wall on the East Berlin side, because East Berlin and East German authorities really meant to keep their citizens contained. I’m standing in what would’ve been the “Grenzstreifen” (border strip) or “Todesstreifen” (death strip).

I made the image above on 19 October 2012 with a Canon 450D and the following settings: 1/320-sec, f/8, ISO200, and 18mm focal length (29mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-f9R.


Location

The first map section from berlin.de shows my location and image perspective with a black asterisk and black arrow, respectively, with additional parts labeled: Vorderlandmauer (boundary or outer wall) which was often but not always coincident with the “politische Grenze” (political border) between West and East Berlin, Grenzstreifen (border control zone), and Hinterlandmauer (hinterland or inner wall). West Berlin is to the left of the red line, and East Berlin is to the right of the blue line. The second map section below is clickable via Google Maps.

Berliner Mauer, Bernauer Strasse, Berlin.de

 

Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer, Berlin Wall Memorial, Bernauer Strasse, Berlin, Hauptstadt, Mauerfall, Fall of the Wall, Berlin Wall, Berliner Mauer, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: 30 years after the fall of the Wall, 2 of 5

November 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin- and inner-German wall.

At Bernauer Strasse, the former death strip at the Berlin Wall Memorial has been converted to a green space for remembrance and contemplation. In the days of separation, unauthorized entry into this space was met with gunfire without warning by border guards who had “shoot to kill” orders. A row of red bars highlights the former course of the Wall, and I’m standing what would’ve been “no man’s land” or the “death strip”. The cylindrical structure at right-centre is the Versöhnungskapelle or Reconciliation Chapel to mark the former location of the former Church of Reconciliation which was demolished in 1985 because the structure was in the “death strip” area for the Berlin Wall.

I made the image above on 19 October 2012 with a Canon 450D and the following settings: 1/400-sec, f/8, ISO200, 18mm focal length (29mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-f9J.


Location

The first map section from berlin.de shows my location and image perspective with a black asterisk and black arrow, respectively, with additional parts labeled: Vorderlandmauer (boundary or outer wall) which was often but not always coincident with the “politische Grenze” (political border) between West and East Berlin, Grenzstreifen (border control zone), and Hinterlandmauer (hinterland or inner wall). West Berlin is above the red line, and East Berlin is below the blue line. The second map section below is clickable via Google Maps.

Berliner Mauer, Bernauer Strasse, Versöhnungskapelle, Berlin.de

 

%d bloggers like this: