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?
Photo by Stefan Klenke
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
Graffiti on a house wall in Rixdorf area of Neukölln
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.
“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.
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.
Work, shop, consume, die – an anarchists message
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.