one day at a time

nostalgia

© Verena Fischer 2013

Berlin | © Verena Fischer 2013

In Berlin you can find lots of little stalls like this selling soviet memorabilia. I personally find this GDR nostalgia rather inappropriate, but well, whatever sells, eh?

© Verena Fischer 2013

Berlin | © Verena Fischer 2013

This was taken at Alexanderplatz. Not sure whether this little fair is there all the time, but it sure wouldn’t surprise me. It definitely caters to the tourists.

© Verena Fischer 2013

Berlin | © Verena Fischer 2013

This young man was walking around without even a jumper at temperatures around the freezing point. He walked up to me and asked me: “Aren’t you too warm?”, because obviously I was wearing a coat, scarf, gloves and a hat. He was nice enough to pose for me. Thank you Steffen!

All pictures taken with my Canon EOS 450D and my Canon EF 35mm f/2.0.

Yesterday we went to a photography exhibition in the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz. It was an exhibition of works given to the museum by a collector recently. The catalogue looked really nice, but I have to say that I was a bit disappointed with the exhibition itself. The problem was that they decided to hang the pictures in a few of the big rooms, which had quite suboptimal lighting for photography. The reflections from the lighting were rather annoying and there was absolutely no angle at which you could see the pictures without reflections. On top of things there was a tour guide going around with a group and I don’t like being told how to see things. Her voice was really annoying, so it probably didn’t help my appreciation of the works much. She at least said one thing though: The museum has little experience with photography, since they only ever had 30 photographs before they were given this collection. It showed.

The exhibition was ok in general though. Mostly German photographers and a clear focus on industrial photography, a lot of which I knew already, like the water tower pictures of the Becher couple. However, there was one photographer I found quite interesting: Friedrich Seidenstücker, a German photographer who was taking pictures in the 1930s and 40s (some examples of his work here).

4 responses

  1. Ich habe ja das Gefühl, dass die gesamten DDR-Erinnerungsstücke sogar noch neu produziert werden.

    April 1, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    • Das nehme ich auch an. Ist ja ein riesiger Markt bei den ganzen Touristen hier in der Stadt!

      April 5, 2013 at 1:29 pm

  2. there was a seidenstücker exhibition about a year ago in berlinische galerie. quite interesting stuff but it paled in comparison with the work of eva besnyö that was shown at the same time there…

    April 1, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    • Thanks for the pointer! I checked her work out and promptly put a book about her on my wish list.

      April 5, 2013 at 1:29 pm

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