The Poor, the Cool and History – Riding on Berlin’s U8

September 8th, 2014

The Poor, the Cool and History – Riding on Berlin’s U8Besides being Berlin’s second North-South connection the U8 line is first and foremost a journey through history as well as social structures of the German capital. Beginning at the mystic Märkisches Viertel, having its own rules, the U8 route leads through nowadays central Berlin being annexed by trend victims, parasitic hipster Yankees and new arrived wanna-be Berliners around Rosenthaler Platz, to end at the original Kreuzberg and Neukölln districts, where life in summer happens in the streets, the Mediterranean way, where Berlin’s multi-cultural facet becomes more apparent again »»

xflo:w photo calendar 2015 – South Pacific and Architecture

July 4th, 2014

xflo:w photo calendar 2015 – South Pacific and ArchitectureAlso the year 2015 will see again two high quality variants of the annually produced xflo:w photo calendar. Thematically the first calendar reflects the South Seas, a journey I made earlier this year through the island world of the South Pacific. The other calendar shows architecture photos I have taken throughout the last years with images featuring a strong geometrical or abstract aspect. Have a look at the following preview: »»

xflo:w Photo Calendar 2014

August 23rd, 2013

xflo:w Photo Calendar 2014Thanks a lot for the success of the Kamchatka calendar released last year. Also for 2014 I will publish a photo calendar, even two calendars again, to be precise as photogenic New Zealand’s varity leaves me no choice. You can choose between a mountain and volcano edition or a calendar featuring coasts and wildlife. Read on to see the preview »»

Moshic at Fiese Remise in Berlin

August 12th, 2013

Moshic at Fiese Remise in BerlinWhen staying true to oneself for more than 10 years then DJ opportunists, jumping on all kinds of musical bandwagons only to be on the spot, might speak about stagnation. That this is not always the case proves DJ and producer Moshic from Israel who belongs to my favourites for more than a decade. On Saturday August 10th time has come and Moshic gave his Berlin debut at the Fiese Remise club, a Berlin-typical location made by the guys running Sage Club and Sage Restaurant »»

East Germany’s Soviet Heritage – The Treptow War Memorial in Berlin

June 25th, 2013

East Germany’s Soviet Heritage – The Treptow War Memorial in BerlinAs a small boy I was pretty much impressed by the Soviet War Memorial being located in Berlin’s Treptower Park and even today that place has quite some impact. However, nowadays such a visit is generally voluntary than back in the days, as the whole school had got to show up there. Though, that wasn’t a loss as independent from the system one’s living in one could get a feeling for what history means, war stands for and what has to be prevented from happening again. The memorial site lies a bit hidden behind the trees of Treptower Park and only the granite triumphal arches give a hint what can be seen when going further. The war memorial played an important role when the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany (GSFG) backed out on June 25th 19 years ago »»

East Germany’s Soviet Heritage – The mighty Wünsdorf garrison

February 25th, 2013

East Germany’s Soviet Heritage – The mighty Wünsdorf garrisonVillage of 6.000 souls versus military town with up to 75.000 soldiers – Back in the days the Soviets knew very well how to make use of Wünsdorf (Вюнсдорф), a settlement being located in Berlin’s south along the railroad leading to Dresden. Even if the whole territory is abandoned for several years now and completely fenced, it is possible to have a closer look at the heart of the complex, the today’s House of Officers, a building telling manifold stories of times when it was Army Sports School for the Nazi as well as even before for the emperor »»

East Germany’s Soviet Heritage – Vogelsang’s abandoned Military Garrison

February 1st, 2013

East Germany’s Soviet Heritage – Vogelsang’s abandoned Military GarrisonAfter World War II a huge area being located less than a 1 hour car drive away from the highway ring surrounding Berlin became one of Soviet Army’s most important military sites. This abandoned garrison is located near the city of Zehdenick, in the north of the village Vogelsang. At peak time up to 15.000 people lived and worked in the present-day ghost town; soldiers, their relatives as well as civil associates. Some of them controlled nuclear missiles pointing to the west – a piece of Cold War and living history »»

xflo:w photo calendar 2013

September 25th, 2012

xflo:w photo calendar 20132012 was wild, was busy and was affected by emotional, social and personal ups and downs. The travel period for my expedition to the Far East volcanoes of Russia on Kamchatka, was August and September. Since that time is already pretty close to the calendar’s actual production time there will be only one classic travel photo calendar for 2013. Though I’ve decided to produce a second calendar, something that I’ve always wanted to do, that is a calendar featuring architecture and urban black-and-white motifs; a calendar showing photography from its artistic side »»

Never ever bmi – A flight cancellation and its outcome

October 16th, 2011

People travelling a lot are always able to tell a story, also when it comes to the actual transportation process. It comes as no surprise that many airlines are treating their customers like paying cattle and the service aboard is a very good indicator how airlines are seeing its passengers. However things can become even more insolent than a sticky sandwich unkindly thrown on your tray table. For example in February 2011 the airline British Midland International (bmi) gave proof how they are appreciating the people paying their salaries »»

xflo:w Photo Calendar 2012

September 20th, 2011

xflo:w Photo Calendar 2012The past year brought me two extra-ordinary travels, first through North India and later an adventure in the South-West Pacific; I think I don’t have to mention that those two journey had quite a photographical output :-) Both topics are not really combinable hence this year I will put you to the choice to get one of those or even both calendars as I’ll produce two annual photo calendars. »»