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Adam Magyar – Stainless, Alexanderplatz

Still from Stainless, Alexanderplatz by Adam Magyar

Photo: Still from Stainless, Alexanderplatz by Adam Magyar

I am constantly amazed by the incredible effects that some people are able to create with a camera and editing techniques I could only dream of mastering.  One of the most mind-blowing Berlin videos I have seen is Stainless, Alexanderplatz by Adam Magyar, a Hungarian photographer based in Berlin.

Stainless, Alexanderplatz is a super slow motion video of people standing on the U-Bahn platform.  The video was shot with a custom built system based around an industrial camera, generally used for quality checking items produced on factory assembly lines.  Over the years, Magyar has honed his equipment to suit his techniques.

He started out using a tripod for his work shot from the underground train platforms but a fine from the transport police in New York led to him finding a way to shoot handheld with his scanner in his backpack.  To further improve his mobility and draw less attention to his equipment he developed his own iPhone application for processing and viewing the images he shoots.

This is how he sees his work:

In STAINLESS I scan rushing subway trains arriving to stations.  The images record a number of tiny details of this moment.  We see people staring towards their destinations standing at the doors framed by the sliding door windows.  They are scrutinizing the uncertain future. Similarly to all my images, their main motivation is arrival.  The darkness of the tunnels deep below the city turns these chemically clean mock-ups into fossils of our time.

Stainless, Alexanderplatz

Stainless, Alexanderplatz, shot in Berlin, is just a small part of a larger project that has taken Adam Magyar to a host of other cities across the world – check out his Vimeo channel and website for more details and more incredible videos and I highly recommend you watch the presentation below for PopTech where he talks about his techniques and equipment.

Adam Magyar: Photos of Time

Photos From My Phone – November

Another new series on andBerlin, Photos From My Phone, is a monthly round up of some of the things I’ve seen and done in Berlin, many of which I won’t have blogged about.

If you follow me on Twitter or Like my page on Facebook you may have seen some of these snaps before.

So here’s a taste of what I got up to in November:

I saw this Street Art with some bears attacking the Fernsehturm by Bimer after brunch with friends at Café Aroma.

Bears vs Fernsehturm - Street Art by Bimer in Berlin

I took a quick snap of the Fernsehturm at night from Alexanderplatz.

The Berlin Fernsehturm (TV Tower) at Night from Alexanderplatz

I saw this graffiti – Wem Gehört die Stadt (Who owns the city) when I went for a burger at Burger de Ville.

Wem Gehört Die Stadt - Graffiti by Unknown Artist in Berlin

I went for some very tasty cocktails at Reingold.

Spirit Bottles at Reingold a cocktail bar in Berlin

A Daiquiri at Reingold in Berlin

And then onto a party at Adam’s (from Travels of Adam) apartment, where I saw this sticker on one of the doors in his building (it translates as sexist shit shit).

Sexistische Kackscheisse (Sexist Shit Shit) - Sticker in a Berlin apartment building

I spotted this picture of the Tempelhofer Berg, a proposed mountain on the site of the Tempelhof Airport whilst enjoying a great night out with friends at Rock n Roll Bingo at White Trash Fast Food.

A picture of the proposed Tempelhofer Berg (Tempelhof Mountain) at White Trash Fast Food

I went to see a friend of a friend, Thimo Sander, play guitar with German band Plan B at Postbahnhof in Berlin.

Thimo Sander playing guitar with Plan B at Postbahnhof in Berlin

Christmas Market season in Berlin started and I went to Schmankerl-Hüttn (twice), an Austrian ski chalet themed bar at the Winterwelt am Potsdamer Platz to listen to German Schlager, dance on the benches and drink beer and Jägermeister.

Queueing to go into Schmankerl-Huettn at Winterwelt am Potsdamer Platz in Berlin

I hope there will be another couple of trips to Schmankerl-Hüttn and other great nights out in Berlin on the cards in December.

Snapshot: Ferris Wheel and Rotes Rathaus at Night

A Ferris Wheel set up for the Berliner Weihnachtszeit Christmas Market at Alexanderplatz and the Rotes Rathaus (Red City Hall) in Berlin

This is the same Ferris Wheel as featured in my Snapshot: Fernsehturm and Ferris Wheel post.  It has been set up in Berlin near the Neptunbrunnen (Neptune Fountain) on the south western side of the Fernsehturm as part of the Berliner Weihnachtszeit Christmas Market near Alexanderplatz.  In the background you can see the Rotes Rathaus (Red City Hall).

Berlin From Above: The Sunset From The Fernsehturm

The Sunset over Berlin from the Fernehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to take a VIP trip up the Fernsehturm in Berlin’s Alexanderplatz and to make it even more special I got to watch the sunset form Berlin’s highest vantage point.

I had been out for the afternoon with my friend Bine doing the Schnitzeljagd (Scavenger Hunt) around the Berlin of the middle ages.  The Schnitzeljagd is part of Berlin’s 775th Anniversary celebrations, which also includes an exhibition celebrating the City of Diversity on the Schlossplatz.

Berlin and the River Spree from the Fernehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz

I had been up the Fernsehturm once before during a holiday in 2010 but I have to say that getting the VIP treatment (no queuing necessary) made this extra special.

At 368m high the Fernsehturm (German for TV Tower) dominates the skyline in Berlin, a generally flat city, and is therefore a useful landmark to navigate by.

The lifts take just 40 seconds to reach the observation deck, travelling at approximately 6 metres per second, which somehow doesn’t feel fast at all, and from there you have a wonderful 360° view of Berlin.

The Volksbühne and surrounding area in Berlin from the Fernehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz

It was strange to look down on the Sun Deck of the Park Inn Hotel, another great place to look out over Berlin, which is where I watched the sunset for this post.

The Park Inn Sun Deck (Dachterasse) in Berlin from the Fernehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz

As we had spent much of the afternoon on the Schnitzeljagd, the light was already beginning to change when we climbed the Fernsehturm and it wasn’t long before Berlin was bathed in a beautiful golden light.

Golden light over Berlin from the Fernehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz

And not long after that the sun began to sink and gold turned to orange.

The Sunset over Berlin from the Fernehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz

The Sunset over Berlin from the Fernehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz

The Sunset over Berlin from the Fernehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz

The Sunset over Berlin from the Fernehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz

Once the sun dipped below the horizon, a pinkish hue appeared in the sky.

The Sunset over Berlin from the Fernehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz

This was a magical experience and I will certainly return to the Fernsehturm to take more pictures in daylight.

If you’re in Berlin, it is well worth visiting the Fernsehturm to see spectacular views over Berlin and if you can time it so that you get to see the sunset too, you won’t be disappointed.

Sunset Over Berlin: The view from the Park Inn on Alexanderplatz

Sunset over Berlin: The view from the Sun Terrace of the Park Inn on Alexanderplatz

I’ve been meaning to check out the view from the Sun Terrace of the Park Inn Hotel on Alexanderplatz since @SandyInBerlin tweeted a link to a post about it on Just Travelous.

So when Luci from In A Berlin Minute was scouting a location for her next video last week I joined her.

The Sun Terrace is on the 40th floor of the hotel and accessed by taking Lift A to the 37th floor and following the directions up the stairs from there.  The €3 entrance fee is a small price to pay for the view it buys you.

And what a view it is.

Whilst I enjoyed the view from the Siegessäule and the Französischer Dom (both of which also cost €3) the proximity of the Fernsehturm made this just a little bit more special.  The changing light before and after sunset made Berlin look even more beautiful than usual.

Fernsehturm through netting: The view from the Sun Terrace of the Park Inn on Alexanderplatz

Sunset through netting: The view from the Sun Terrace of the Park Inn on Alexanderplatz

Pink Light Over Berlin: The view from the Sun Terrace of the Park Inn on Alexanderplatz

Fernsehturm at dusk: The view from the Sun Terrace of the Park Inn on Alexanderplatz

Berlin: The view from the Sun Terrace of the Park Inn on Alexanderplatz

Watching: The view from the Sun Terrace of the Park Inn on Alexanderplatz

Berlin at night: The view from the Sun Terrace of the Park Inn on Alexanderplatz

Rotes Rathaus at night: The view from the Sun Terrace of the Park Inn on Alexanderplatz

Berlin at night: The view from the Sun Terrace of the Park Inn on Alexanderplatz

Karl-Marx-Allee – Architecture of East Berlin

A giant Coffee Cup sign on the side of a building on Otto-Braun-Strasse in Berlin

The influence of Soviet-style architecture on DDR-era construction in East Berlin is plain to see on Karl-Marx-Allee, which runs from Alexanderplatz to Frankfurter Tor.

Yesterday, I set out from home with no plan other than to make the most of the sun and get a bit of fresh air.  I just wandered.  And I ended up walking along the Karl-Marx-Allee.

Unfortunately, because of my lack of planning my feet were tired and I was ready to call it a day by the time I reached Frankfurter Tor so my photos are mainly from one side of the street.  I will have to go back another day and walk from Frankfurter Tor to Alexanderplatz on the South side of the street.

There is an excellent article about Karl-Marx-Allee on Journey to Berlin with more detail about the history of the street and plenty more photos.

The Haus Berlin sign on Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin The picture of Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in the Iron Lady adds to the effect of the architecture of Kino International on Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin The sign on the roof of Cafe Moskau on Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin