My latest creative endeavor has been making jewelry from altered versions of photographs I took on various jaunts. Twice the fun for sure and several of the pieces are also my new favorites to wear. Lots more to come I’m sure. 🙂
It’s late May, but it was freezing and rainy all day in Berlin today. To keep myself from going stir-crazy I went for a wallk with my camera….
Everything seemed so dirty, so neglected and forlorn….
This dog, peeking out of the window of a basement tattoo parlor no one ever seems to go into, is the saddest one I’ve ever seen.
One door down I found this Stolperstein in remembrance of a woman named Elsie who lived there until she was sent to her death in Theresienstadt….
But this little boy was having fun in the rain….
…while his mother made a phone call…
And I went on taking photographs, only a few of which I’ve posted here….
These earrings that I just posted at Augenblick Photo reminded me of a funny experience I had recently that reminded me I’m, well, getting old.
I took my daughters to the Kommunikation Musuem a couple of weeks ago. If you are ever in Berlin I highly suggest this museum by the way, especially if you are traveling with children. The museum is dedicated to communication in its many forms and has very innovative displays and even talking robots. Since it is also in an absolutely gorgeous old building and only costs 4 Euros (!) to get in with kids under 6 free, there is simply no reason to stay away.
My five year old daughter Mia loved a display with old rotary phones that ring at random but at first she was confused by what in the world they could be. “Mama, what’s that thing there?” she asked and hardly believed me when I said it was a telephone. I still remember the old yellow rotary phone we had when I was a kid. We even had a party line. My sister and I loved to annoy the old ladies on there by butting in on their conversations. My, how times have changed!
I recently took photographs of the little shop collective I’m part of, Mitten im Walde. Since our shop is in a basement shop most of the photographs turned out a bit too dark, but they should at least give you a feel for what the shop looks like. We have handmade hats, upcycled furniture, various decor, baby accessories and jewelry. Truly an unsual mix that still somehow works. We want to change our location to a somewhat busier street and also get out of the basement (a lot of people seem to timid to enter which is not good when you’re trying to run a business!) Either way, I’ll keep you posted.:)
Besides my creative endeavors at Augenblickphoto I am also a mom to two magical creatures. They go to pre-school during the day but my later afternoons are filled with trips to the moon and somewhere over the rainbow.
It’s important to me that these girls look back someday on their childhood with wonder. We spend a lot of time at museums here in Berlin like the Naturkunde Museum and Das Technikmuseum not to mention the Aquarium and Zoo where they recently had their faces painted.
They both waited for nearly a half an hour until it was their turn on the chair and sat very still and quiet, eager to finally show the world what it is to be such a magical creature.
It’s the first day of June and yet it is far from being summer or late spring in Berlin. An icy wind was blowing on and off all day and the sky was so dark as though a storm were on the horizon though it never did start raining. A native Californian, I was programmed for so long that summer is summer is summer. But in Berlin it is unfortunately an optional season…..I tried taking some photographs for some new photo earrings I want to post in Augenblickphoto, but there was just too little light. I did like the photograph I took above. There is L’Inconnue de la Seine, my muse, looking as mysterious as ever. Let’s just hope she’ll help the summer come.
I’ve driven past the Church on Hollenzollernplatz many a time, so I’ve always seen it looking pretty much like it does here.
I also just learned from Wikipedia that it is an example of Brick Expressionism along with the Anzeigerhochhaus in Hannover (about the only interesting thing in all of Hannover….) I most definitely have to find a time to go inside and see these stained glass windows.
Last Friday I cycled out to Charlottenburg to visit a friend. When riding back to Kreuzberg I passed by the church in the evening spring sun and took these pictures. Nothing like a little Berlin inspiration while out and about.