Women sell!

Photo of three Zeit magazines with women on their covers - photo by Stefan Klenke

Photo by Stefan Klenke

One cannot deny the fact that females on ads or covers sell usually better than males or get more attention except of course for a few examples like male fitness mags or some male product ads.
You will have women on women’s magazines but hardly men. And you’ll have women on many men’s magazines too – hardly ever men.

So if you are a woman you are constantly faced with other women looking perfectly (photoshopped) pretty at you.

How is this influencing the way they feel about themselves?

Women on Ads in U Bahn station in Berlin - photo by Stefan Klenke

Photo by Stefan Klenke

Trump is a Dicktator

Nope to Trump - Posters at the No Ban - No Wall Protest March in Berlin (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

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)

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)

Trump is Shit – Poster at the No Ban – No Wall Protest March in Berlin (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Hand Land

Here a few “handy” street observations from my walks through my new neighbourhood Berlin Treptow.

Politikerhände - Newsstand, Berlin Treptow (Streetphoto by Stefan Klenke).

Politikerhände – Newsstand, Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke).

Streetphoto of a Nagelparlour, Baumschulenstraße, (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Nagelparlour, Baumschulenstraße, (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

h Container (Berlin, Treptow, 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)

Street photo of poster for the Lepra Lebt campaign - Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Lepra is alive – Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Street photo of E-cigarette poster “Smoke differently“ - Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke

E-cigarette poster “Smoke differently“ – Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke

Street Photo of a Sign Language Street Art on the back of a traffic sign (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Does anyone know what this means? (Photo by Stefan Klenke

Spot the Fake Waiting Dog!

Waiting dog in front of a bakery near Baumschulenweg, Treptow, Berlin

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

Streetphoto of dog waiting in front of a Rossmann drugstore near Baumschulenweg, Treptow, Berlin

Poor waiting dog – He didn’t feel like smiling. – Photo by Stefan Klenke

Waiting dog in front of a shop near Baumschulenweg, Treptow, Berlin

Waiting is monkey business. Poor doggy. – Photo by Stefan Klenke

Waiting dog in front of a DM drugstore near Baumschulenweg, Treptow, Berlin

This waiting dog needs some medicine against loneliness. – Photo by Stefan Klenke

Waiting dog in front of a soup shop near Boxhagener Platz, Berlin, 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.

Fight the System!

Grafitti on a Berlin Neukölln house saying: “Our quarter - our streets“

Translation: Our quarter – our streets (Berlin, Neukölln) Photo: Stefan Klenke

Homeless person sleeping in U-Bahn station Berlin (Lichtenberg) - Photo: Stefan Klenke

Homeless person sleeping in U-Bahn station Berlin (Lichtenberg) – Photo: Stefan Klenke

Graffiti saying “Rixdorf needs to stay dirty!“ ), Berlin Neukölln, Photo by Stefan Klenke

Translates as: “Rixdorf needs to stay dirty!“ ), Berlin Neukölln, Photo by Stefan Klenke

Graffiti saying “Fight the Capitslism!“ (Berlin, Treptow, Sonnenallee) - 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.

Fixed it! 

Plastic bag repairment of leaking Deutsche Bahn fire hydrant

German efficiency

I loved how the gigantic billion Euro heavy Deutsche Bahn corporation fixed a leaking fire hydrant. Why spending hundreds when a 10 cent plastic supermarket bag will do the job. It’s also one of the trillions of bags less polluting the planet. We have a clear win-win situation here, friends. Well done Deutsche Bahn. #deutschebahn #respect

Neukölln stay(s) dirty!

Graffiti on a house wall in Rixdorf area of Neukölln

Graffiti on a house wall in Rixdorf area of Neukölln

Dirty corner at Hermannstraße station in Neukölln, Berlin

Dirty corner at Hermannstraße station in Neukölln, Berlin

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. 

Graffiti “Unsere Viertel - Unsere Straßen“ - “Our quarter - our streets“

“Unsere Viertel – Unsere Straßen“ – “Our quarter – our streets“

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. 

Waiting Dogs

waiting dog outside a supermarket in Neukölln

Waiting dog outside Edeka, Panier Straße, Neukölln

Photo of a Waiting dog at Kaiser's super market, Baumschulenweg

Waiting dog at Kaiser’s, Baumschulenweg

Two dog waiting outside a drugstore in Baumschulenweg, Berlin

Two dog waiting outside a drugstore in Baumschulenweg, Berlin

Here are more photos of my favourite photo series of Waiting dogs.

Too late (?)

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.