Ballet dancing is one of the finest expressions of European culture. It created the creative base for today’s contemporary dance all over the world, and it’s also an art form with the perfect balance between lightness and power. Watching a ballet dancer perform is one of the most visually compelling experiences, and I am so glad that we have one of the most talented ballet companies here in Berlin: Staatsballett Berlin.
Combining their unique beauty with the rough urbanity of Berlin’s architectural landscape, we had a unique vision: shooting a fashion story showcasing a dance rehearsal on the rooftops of Berlin. Bringing new attention to the city’s rich cultural heritage, fashion photographer Olga Khristolyubova portrayed two of the most skilled dancers from Staatsballet: Sarah Mestrovic and Kevin Pouzou. Sarah is a native Berliner who has been enrolled in the company for ten years. She combines her artistic experience with a creative spark, making her move with lightness and passion over the roof of our shoot. Kevin is a french dancer who has been living and dancing in Berlin for 8 years now. His majestic beauty is nothing compared to his bravery and strength. Neither were afraid to move and bend over the abyss of the streets surrounding them; creating incredible images for us.
Since we shot on the last weekend of November, the air was already cold as ice, though the sun was fortunately shining. On top of their rehearsal gear, they wore Goose Feel down jackets and knits from We are Knitters: the perfect combination of warmth to help the dancers extend over the top of Berlin’s skyline, while also staying super-light and incredibly flexible so as to allow them to bend, leap and soar unimpeded while performing their magic. Enjoy the whole shoot after the jump, and stay tuned for the animated pictures soon to come.
Those of you who were guests of our 7 Year Anniversary party back in September already had a chance to see the cute brand new book Beardicted by our guest contributor Alicia Kassebohm and also put on some of her sparkely beards in our barber shop photo box. Now the book is officially available for purchase and we have a huge preview for you with some of our favorite beards from the book and of course those of the iHeartBerlin team including Devid, Claudio and me. Enjoy the beard parade after the jump.
photo: Fred Bisonnes © FalconStudios.com
If you are reading this from your office computer right now I would advise you to look if anyone’s watching you before you scroll further down, because it’s gettin’ kinda hot down there. We’ve teased it already in our Sexy Berlin Guide and now we have a full super-sized preview of the upcoming big group exhibition at the Schwules Museum that is celebrating its grand opening night this weekend. Titled Porn That Way the exhibition is a comprehensive retrospective of the imagery of queer pornography starting somewhere in the late 19th century with blurry obscure photographs and ending in the year 2014 with the latest artsy photoshoots of modern-day porn stars. The recent Porn Film Festival already proved how closely pornography can be linked to the arts and I think this exhibition will bring it even one step further. For our preview we selected mostly harmless photographs as we wanted to give you an impression of the aesthetic of the works rather than making you horny. For the real deal – and believe me, some parts of the exhibition are full on – you will have to visit the Schwules Museum on Saturday evening. The exhibition will run until end of March. Enjoy!
One of the photographers of our recent WE ARE BERLIN exhibition has just announced the release of his new book which will come out on December 14th 2014 and we thought this would be a great opportunity to talk about it considering it would make an excellent Christmas gift for every Berlin lover. At our exhibition Jan Herdlicka contributed one work of his subway door series but his book is taking another, more abstract course. He combined all of his more melancholic black and white photos, contrastic scenes of nature with the harsh geometry of subway stations and sky rises. We’ve selected some of his works as a little preview for you to get an impression. With this series he is capturing different architectural landmarks of the city, but layering them on top of each other with other buildings and coulds by multiple exposure thus creating dramatic and sinister looking collages. Enjoy the photo series after the jump.
photo: Kristine Thiemann
The days are getting shorter, it’s cold outside and we are facing at least three months of Berlin winter.
So a few weeks back, I jumped to the opportunity of a little getaway weekend in France. A couple of days in Paris and a few relaxing nights in Deauville near the ocean sounded simply perfect. Little did I know about all the extravaganza the tiny village had in store for me, even a piece of Berlin crossed my path on the nomadic coast…
Photo: Markus Studtmann
Berlins rough and urban architecture is not always appreciated as it should be. Sometimes you need a photographer and photoshop artist to refocus your perspective on the visual highlights Berlins facades have to offer. Markus Studtmann creates magical hypnotic photographies that reminds artwork from M.C.Escher. Watching the spiraling staircases, waving windows and infinite houses too long can cause a bit of a headache. Still you should enjoy this little photoshop masterpieces rethinking the boundaries of space and creating new architectural dimensions. More pictures after the jump.
Berlin is maybe one of the coolest, but not necessarily the most beautiful city in the world. Well, at least not at first sight. But if you get to know it a little bit you might find some of its hidden beauty. For American photographer Marc Gruninger it must have been an experience like that. With his photo series Hinterhof he captured a hidden side of Berlin that many of those living here or visiting might never have noticed before. But all you have to do is step into the backyard of your house and look up and you might also find one of these stunning framed views of the sky. Enjoy some examples of his unique series after the jump.
The commemoration celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall are creating quite the buzz around the city. Apart from the extremely beautiful idea of the light balloon project happening this Sunday, so many side events are also worth your attention. You can find a full list of events over here.
Today we want to focus on one particular exhibition from Yven Augustin. As a 19 year old boy he took pictures of several places around East Berlin. After 25 years he went to the same places and took the same photos again. This time experiment not only shows the changes of a quarter of a century but also the change between a socialist society and a capitalistic one. These images represent a memory for the changes happening in the city. Most of Berlin’s special character is due to the decades of separation.
Now unified and strong city, let’s hope the future will bring not just more gentrification and social injustice but also creative and intelligent solutions to the problems of a modern life in big cities. I am sure Berlin can set a good example to the world how a city can be a better living place for it’s inhabitants. More photos of Yven Augustin and information about the exhibition after the jump.
Souls in a Box is a super charming portrait series by Italian photographer Alessandra Mannisi who has captured creative Berliners in their very unique homes. “This is a photography and anthropology project that draws insight into people’s lives focusing on their own personal intimate living space. Every box is a collection of memories, dreams, obsessions, hopes and points of view. This is a report about special people and their stories, but also a big window into our contemporary world. The purpose of this project is to show how different spaces can represent people’s personalities, but especially, to explore a contemporary and extraordinary generation from the inside and through many different lives,” explains Alessandra about her series. To complete a full set of 100 Souls in a Box she is still looking for more artists and creative individuals of any nationality, age, social extraction, culture, taste or art stream who have a unique home. If you fit this profile or know someone who does, please contact Alessandra and maybe you can soon be part of this amazing collection! Enjoy some of her photographs of this series after the jump.
photo: David von Becker
Tonight, Thursday October 30th, starting at 19h is the grand opening of the C/O Berlin in their new venue Amerika Haus. We got a sneak peek yesterday and say: It’s definitely worth a visit. All information about the opening exhibitions and the new venue after the jump.