Photographer's Note

After the previous "blue hour" photo from Hamburg, now comes a "brown hour" photo. Of course there is nothing called "brown hour", but the reflections of the city lights in the misty sky, combined with a warm color temperature, gives this ochre color palette. I did not try to correct the lens distortion coming with the 10 mm extreme wide angle, as you lose most of the buildings at both sides after correction.


In 1922, Hamburgian businessman Henry Brarens Sloman, who had made a fortune with saltpeter in Chile, bought a 5,000 square meters large building site in Hamburg's center. There, he was to erect a very special kind of office building: the "Chilehaus" (Chile House), designed in the shape of a passenger ship.

Before, Sloman had arranged an architectural design contest, which had been won by the hamburgian architect Fritz Höger, already quite renown for his office building designs.

The "Chilehaus", built with 4.8 million bricks, was a symbol of the economical recovery after the First World War and became Hamburg's second most distinctive city landmark, right after the "Michel" church. The "Chilehaus" has since drawn worldwide attention and has kept its reputation as architectural work of art up to the present day.

Its brick facade glitters in a different light at each weather shift, and each change of an observer's viewpoint also alters the impression of its stone workings and ornaments. At dark, the building is being illuminated and then shines in majestic beauty.

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Additional Photos by Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3085 W: 400 N: 6725] (34279)
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