What can I say about Berlin? I’ve been there several times over the years, and each time I’ve found a different city. But in this occasion I tried to make a sort of back in time journey.
I brought my Canon EOS 600, a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens, and a Tokina (Angenieux?) AT-X Pro 28-70 zoom, along with various types of film: Rollei RPX25, Ilford FP5, and my beloved Rollei Superpan 200. My idea was to recreate the same experience I had many years ago during my first trip to Berlin. Back then, I used a Canon 650, mainly for slides. Digital cameras didn’t exist and then, or at least not in any consumer camera form.
As always, I made the most of the time available for long walks in a city that is constantly changing but, in my perception, has always maintained a unique element. To me, Berlin represents movement, and by movement, I mean not only the constant flow of people but also a transport network that quickly and continuously adapts to the city’s evolving landscape. Among the photos you see here, there is one in particular that, in my opinion, best expresses this concept.
I live in Rome and I am used to traffic, commuters, local trains, metro, taxis, etc. but I have never had the same perception of movement and displacement.
Not even in other major European cities I’ve visited. It’s certainly, just my own idea driven by the deep passion I have for this city, but I like to think that someone else might share the same feeling.
You can move around the city with all types of transport: from the subway to the bus, from the train to the boat, to the bicycle and on foot. My trip took place in the final part of August 2022 and the city was alive, dynamic and bustling until late at night.
As usual once back in Rome I waited many months before develop and print the pictures you see, just to be sure that I colud choose only, in my opinion, the best ones.
The photos were developed with Tetenal Neofin Blau, printed on Ilford paper using Tetenal chemicals, and scanned with an old HP G4010.
Many thanks to all those who spent some time for me and my photos!
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