one day at a time

day 22: the jazz boat

the jazz boat

the jazz boat © Verena Fischer 2011

When I was standing on the bridge taking a picture of the moon over the river Spree last night I could hear jazz from the distance. I was balancing the camera on the parapet of the Hansabrücke and was trying to get the long-exposure settings right while the music was coming closer. The boat from which the music was coming was the bigger one in the foreground of yesterday’s picture and when it was going past me I could see men in suits, women in cocktail dresses, waiters in black and white, and I could hear soft laughter and talk rising up under the blanket of music. It was one of these moments where you feel you’re displaced in time. Boats are seriously last century when you think about it.

I had actually been planning to go to the park near the Berlin Zoo, but while I was walking with my camera I realised that I was just exhausted from all the work I have been doing over the last few days. Additionally I also couldn’t sleep so well, so I felt my eyes burning and I just couldn’t quite concentrate when I was taking pictures. In the end I didn’t make it much further than the Hansabrücke, just because I was so tired. I still have a few days to go until I hand in my dissertation, so this will not be the last time that I am this exhausted. It’s really about time to finish this work so that I can finally have a well-earned holiday. 5 days to go.

When I travel to England in 3 days it will also be the last time for a while that I travel there. The end to a chapter in my life and calling it ‘difficult’ would be an understatement. It was certainly a big adventure though.

Luckily time will soften the edges of any difficulties we encounter in our big adventures. And then our memory of them is just like this boat last night that seemed to be drifting by from the past. The laughter, the music, and smiling smart people.

7 responses

  1. I really like the colors in this… what a sky! That glowing crescent moon is wonderful, too!
    I’ve always found rivers to be calming… I really like the walls along this one (and the bits of vegetation cascading down)… very serene! It might not have been so serene for me, though (with my luck I would have dropped my camera right over the edge)!
    A wonderful shot, and I hope you have some time to get a little well deserved rest!

    September 3, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    • Well, with urban tripods it’s definitely a danger to drop the camera. I try to keep the strap around my neck so that this can’t happen. Depends how long the exposure is though. If it’s too long you run the risk to move the strap and then that would move the camera too.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:02 am

  2. The colors, the moon and the flow of water make this image relaxing for me, as viewer. I hope this help you to rest a little after your fatigue. Brava and than ks for posting.

    September 3, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    • Now I finally have the time to relax a bit 🙂 Took a while. I liked the moon too.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:03 am

  3. great story! bon voyage!

    September 4, 2011 at 3:38 am

  4. Thanks 🙂 I’m back in Berlin now and it was a good trip 🙂

    September 20, 2011 at 10:04 am


    October 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm

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