VIP = Very Important Papierkorb – so clever
This street photo posted by Werben und Verkaufen Magazin on Instagram made me laugh. I m a massive fan of the BSR (Berliner Cleaning Facilities) advertising style. Since a few years all bins and cleaning vehicles in the city are covered with funny slogans and phrases that really make you feel connected and sympathetic with the company – and even the rubbish bins – which seem to come alive because of that.
And this one is definitely the most inventive and stylish yet. Looks like it’s a clever PR gag for the Berlinale – the city’s prestigious annual movie festival.
Nope to Trump (Photo by Stefan Klenke)
On Saturday, 4 February 2017, I joined ca. 1500 people at the No Ban – No Wall protest march in Berlin. We gathered at the Brandenburg Gate listened to a few passionate speakers and chanted protest slogans. We then walked passed the Reichstag building towards the American Embassy where we gathered to again listen to speeches at shouted anti fascist slogans directed at the US officials behind their rocket-proof walls.
Trump is a Dic(k)tator – Posters at the No Ban – No Wall Protest March in Berlin (Photo by Stefan Klenke)
Separation Walls are evil!
For me it was very symbolic to protest against Trumps stupid idea to build a massive wall precisely at the point where the Berlin Wall once divided our city and nation. We humans must learn that separation walls are not a way to improve anything in the world. They will just cause more suffering and hate. We must work towards a world where we do not need walls any more.
Here a short Video of the Anti-Trump March: Anti Trump Protest March Berlin Video
Trump is Shit – Poster at the No Ban – No Wall Protest March in Berlin (Photo by Stefan Klenke)
Heart of Snow – Berlin Neukölln – (Photo by Stefan Klenke)
A Heart by Mother Nature – made me smile (Photo by Stefan Klenke)
Looks like people threw snow balls at them. (Photo by Stefan Klenke)
Locked Love – Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke)
During the years of walking around Berlin with my camera I noticed hearts everywhere in lots of different forms. I have a huge street photo collection of them. It’s actually my biggest collection of my many themes. It makes me happy that the symbol for love is such a popular theme in this city.
These are just a few of the very recent examples.
Here a few “handy” street observations from my walks through my new neighbourhood Berlin Treptow.
Politikerhände – Newsstand, Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke).
Nagelparlour, Baumschulenstraße, (Photo by Stefan Klenke)
Streetart Hand on Rubbish Container (Berlin, Treptow, Photo by Stefan Klenke)
Why do we always lose just one glove? – Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke)
Lepra is alive – Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke)
E-cigarette poster “Smoke differently“ – Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke
Does anyone know what this means? (Photo by Stefan Klenke
The smell coming from the bakery was sooo delicious. Poor doggy, has to wait smelling that yumminess with a nose so sensitive – Photo by Stefan Klenke
Poor waiting dog – He didn’t feel like smiling. – Photo by Stefan Klenke
Waiting is monkey business. Poor doggy. – Photo by Stefan Klenke
This waiting dog needs some medicine against loneliness. – Photo by Stefan Klenke
Well, by now you should have spotted the fake waiting dog. I was laughing when I spotted him sitting outside that soup place in Friedrichshain.
Translation: Our quarter – our streets (Berlin, Neukölln) Photo: Stefan Klenke
Homeless person sleeping in U-Bahn station Berlin (Lichtenberg) – Photo: Stefan Klenke
Translates as: “Rixdorf needs to stay dirty!“ ), Berlin Neukölln, Photo by Stefan Klenke
Translates as “Fight the capitalism!“ – Photo by Stefan Klenke
I just heard on the news that the rents in Berlin increased by 70%(!!!) in the last 10 years. The price is now around 10 Euro per square metre when it was just around 6 Euro a decade ago. The reason for this incredible rise according to the news was the increase in population. I was disgusted to hear this. I think the real reason is a system that supports greed and profiting on the needs of human beings. The system allowed house owners to raise and raise the rents without a healthy limit.
New Berliners who moved from other cities and countries where they already were used too expensive rents willingly accepted to pay those “still relatively cheap“ Berlin rents while the less fortunate poorer Berliners were pushed out of the city centres to the cheaper borders.
In a popular city like Berlin there will always be people who would still be able to pay for way too expensive rents. But still the problem is the system who failed to build cheap social housing and instead decided to cash in and build luxury expensive apartments for renting or buying and did not introduce an effective rent cap – and created another gentrificated unfair unequal city. This system is called Capitalism.