As oppressed and dreary as it was, there are people who actually miss the days of a divided Berlin. Younger generations are curious about the past and can't imagine how controlled their parents and grandparents must have been. There is an underlying nostalgia for all things Soviet including the wall, Check Point Charlie, and even the uniforms and rubber stamping of papers necessary for any movement within the former East Berlin. This gentleman (and his mannequin) makes his daily bread by posing with tourists for a few Euros a snap. I cropped, desaturated and posterized the main subject. Then I blurred the background, added the text and shot it full of holes. The buildings and monuments of Berlin today bear many scars of it's violent past. Here is an example.
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rlrad (1845) 2010-03-06 5:33
Which is the mannequin and which is the mime? I am assuming the mime is the one leaning on the chair...
Interesting post-processing, I'm a little surprised the image is still here, but glad it is.
I see this nostalgia quite a bit when selling things on eBay. You cannot offer anything for sale there that has obvious Nazi markings any longer, though. There is plenty of neo-nazism out there, we cannot be seen to proliferate that.
Anyway, great capture and interesting note.
Have a good weekend!
- Copyright: Dave Fisher (dabeed) (568)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2009-10-05
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D90, Nikon Nikkor AF-S 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G ED-I, Tiffen 67mm Haze-1
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-03-05 10:09