I love when the sun comes out and makes everything instantly look cinematic. Especially in the winter times when the sun never rises very high and thus creates dramatic background light, silhouettes, shapes and shadows. The perfect conditions for black and white photography. I literally cannot stop taking photos then.
Having lived in Neukölln a few years I can confirm that it is in many areas a dirty place. A part of me feels it adds to the charme and undergroundy authentic vibe of the more and more hip district in the South West of Berlin. Another part is sad and angry that people chuck their rubbish everywhere disrespecting our environment.
The writing “Neukölln bleibt dreckig!“translates as “Neukölln stays dirty!“ I see it occasionally written on walls in the city; sometimes with Berlin, Kreuzberg etc. instead of Neukölln. I understand it as a angry cry for people who are scared of gentrification which is “cleaning“ up more and more areas and making the rents go up and up and thus taking away the home districts aka Kieze of people who cannot afford to live there any longer.
The question is if these writings will in any way stop the gentrification or if it adds to the area being seen as cool and undergroundy and therefore attracts even more rich, boring people who want to feel cool and undergroundy.
Is it just me, or does this broken wall area look like a sea horse?
“One little bird at my door step singing sweet songs…“
Here are more photos of my favourite photo series of Waiting dogs.
I saw this on an art studio in the trendy Rixdorf quarter in Neukölln Berlin. It translates roughly as “This is no hip district!“ And a little less directly translated it means: “Fuck off, rich people and hipsters! Leave us alone and our rents low!“ I guess when you have to write a message like that it probably is aleady exactly that – a hip district taken over by rich people, hispsters and high rents.
These are the words sprayed onto the wall of a Lidl supermarket in Baumschulenweg by some Anarchist(s). I guess the Lidl people tried to hide them – but as you can see only very badly.
Look! Everything is blue, orange, white and red. I love it when things line up like that. And only for a few moments in time.