Bicycle

Bicycle

Finally, a Berlin picture that has no historic baggage. There is nothing ominous about the giant pipe that is quite common around Berlin, it's just for evacuating groundwater as the city is sitting on marshy land. Plus, it's difficult for it to be an ominous pipe when it's painted pink and purple. The gate in front of the old industrial lot even has a happy, stylish bit of graffiti that is complemented by someone actually riding a bicycle. I rather like the fact that it just says “Bicycle” and nothing more.

Except, it's Berlin and there's always baggage. This spot was almost the centre of the Nazi power structure. The buildings you see must have been built after WWII by the East Germans because this area was heavily bombed. What should be there is the backside of a huge, jewish owned department store. It had already been aryanized by the start of the war. After the war, it was gone.

A hundred yards to the right, the area became a no man's land during the cold war, an obvious sign of a divided Berlin that would last forty years.

Behind me was the Reich Chancellery, the bureaucratic centre of Nazi Germany. Hitler's office was there as well as his personal apartment. From there he could flee to the Führerbunker, which is just north of here. In the end, he fled and eventually killed himself down there. Not so far from where he was originally appointed Chancellor.

If you had looked behind me in 1939, the image below from the Bundesarchiv shows you what you would have seen. I would have been standing at the far right, way down the street, where those vehicles are.

An image of the Reich Chancellery

The entire street, converted into a giant, fearsome demonstration of power.

EDIT: There is a great set of photos and a really interesting article about an East German man who clandestinely made photographs of the bunkers and this exact area in the 1980's. Link: Der Spiegel Article.

My other photographs of Berlin can be found in the gallery.

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Camera: NIKON D90
Lens Type: 10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5
Focal Length: 18 mm
35mm Focal Length: 27 mm
Exposure: 1/40 sec
Aperture: f 7.1
ISO: 100


Taken: 2012-02-25 14:08:33
Posted: 2013-03-10 | 23:20





Bicycle

Bicycle

Finally, a Berlin picture that has no historic baggage. There is nothing ominous about the giant pipe that is quite common around Berlin, it's just for evacuating groundwater as the city is sitting on marshy land. Plus, it's difficult for it to be an ominous pipe when it's painted pink and purple. The gate in front of the old industrial lot even has a happy, stylish bit of graffiti that is complemented by someone actually riding a bicycle. I rather like the fact that it just says “Bicycle” and nothing more.

Except, it's Berlin and there's always baggage. This spot was almost the centre of the Nazi power structure. The buildings you see must have been built after WWII by the East Germans because this area was heavily bombed. What should be there is the backside of a huge, jewish owned department store. It had already been aryanized by the start of the war. After the war, it was gone.

A hundred yards to the right, the area became a no man's land during the cold war, an obvious sign of a divided Berlin that would last forty years.

Behind me was the Reich Chancellery, the bureaucratic centre of Nazi Germany. Hitler's office was there as well as his personal apartment. From there he could flee to the Führerbunker, which is just north of here. In the end, he fled and eventually killed himself down there. Not so far from where he was originally appointed Chancellor.

If you had looked behind me in 1939, the image below from the Bundesarchiv shows you what you would have seen. I would have been standing at the far right, way down the street, where those vehicles are.

An image of the Reich Chancellery

The entire street, converted into a giant, fearsome demonstration of power.

EDIT: There is a great set of photos and a really interesting article about an East German man who clandestinely made photographs of the bunkers and this exact area in the 1980's. Link: Der Spiegel Article.

My other photographs of Berlin can be found in the gallery.

Show this photo on a map ✈

EXIF

Camera: NIKON D90
Lens Type: 10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5
Focal Length: 18 mm
35mm Focal Length: 27 mm
Exposure: 1/40 sec
Aperture: f 7.1
ISO: 100


Taken: 2012-02-25 14:08:33
Posted: 2013-03-10 | 23:20


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