Lichtgrenze, Berlin, 7.11.2014
Berlin has an amazing installation up this weekend celebrating the fall of the wall 25 years ago. Based on a concept by Christopher Bauder and Marc Bauder, 8,000 luminous white balloons trace the old path of the wall, winding from Bornholmer Strasse through the heart of the city, and ending at Oberbaumbrücke. It's a stunning and emotional tribute to all of the lives affected by the imposed separation of the wall. The Lichtgrenze is punctuated with 100 wall stories, a series of panels containing powerful accounts of Berlin's divided past.
"Freedom is the most important value, but it is not enough. All over the world, there are people starving. We must not forget why we are fighting. We must fight inequality.
We have the ability to change the world, and we have to change the world. For freedom, and for equality."
"We need to be more discerning- look for other forms of democracy that follow new scripts. We should be selective, supporting certain kinds of democracy and not others. And we must be consistent. The worst thing we can do is if we are picking countries to support for the sake of our own interests."
Shakespeare and Company, Paris, August 2014 - Kodak E100G (well expired) with my Yashica-D
Paris in August: sunsets and macaroons, miles and miles of art in the Louvre, delightful hours lost along the Seine, the cool river breeze alleviating the lingering summer sun, and the kind bartender in a classy restaurant who informed us that all drinks are much cheaper when ordered to drink at the bar.
Once again, I fell in love with the charming nooks and crannies of Shakespeare and Company. The books! The poetic musings and notes to long-lost lovers!
With its old books clustered together as if gossiping over the years gone by and crooked walls full of pictures hung higgledy-piggledy - well, it's like stepping into a dream. A pleasant Alice-in-Wonderland sized hole in the wall, where flights of fancy are just a book's reach away, and imagination is as well-worn as the threadbare sofas.
I first experienced Paris as an eighteen year old and was appropriately starry-eyed by the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, and the Musée d'Orsay, where we serendipitously ran into Colin Mochrie of Whose Line Is It Anyway?
These words roll around in my mind, "Paris, you say? Why, there everything is possible!"
Fast forward a decade or so, and I found myself wandering the streets and drinking in the city as if I had never been there before. I know it's overrated to take photos of the Eiffel Tower - everyone does it, saturating the world with tributes to and copies of this lovely piece of architecture - but I couldn't help myself. I took at least a dozen, some in colour, some in black and white, all in film. But I'll just share one for starters. =)
left: Dreaming, Paris, August 2014 - Kodak E100G (well expired) with my Yashica-D
below: Eiffel Tower, Paris, August 2014 - Ilford Delta 3200, Yashica-D