day 76: down below: Deutsche Oper
Many subway stations in Berlin make interesting subjects for photography, especially when they’re empty. Maybe you’ll see more of these pictures from subway stations now (you can find another here), because I’ll be using the public transport more now that it’s too cold for taking the bike. Actually it’s only really too cold at night, but I don’t like cycling in cold weather. Cycling is for me something to do in summer.
This is the subway station Deutsche Oper. It’s one of the ugliest opera houses I’ve seen so far, certainly not worth a picture. Before I returned to the subway station I took a picture of a garage entrance which had a sufficiently interesting contrast between light and darkness. While I was taking the picture an old woman came out of the apartment building to which this garage probably belonged. She asked me what I was doing. I said “I’m taking pictures” – “Why? This is private property, there is an apartment building and a company here and you certainly have no right” – “I don’t see a fence and I don’t see a sign either.” – “There is nothing to take a picture of, you certainly have a hidden agenda!” – “Look, I take pictures, that’s what photographers do. I see something interesting, I take a picture, it’s as simple as that”. She didn’t understand, because her paranoia was blinding her. In the end the argument was futile and I ignored her and walked away.
I’m not sure about the legal situation in this case, but I bet if she had been the owner she would have had a case. It feels like Germany is filled with “No ball games on the grass” signs when it comes to photography. Street photography is basically illegal and it seems that people are paranoid when it comes to cameras even when you’re just taking a harmless picture of the entrance of a building. Where does this hostility come from? I don’t get it.