Berlin is often described as grey, dirty and noisy. In some way this is true – it’s the bitter side of the otherwise sweet fruit that is our city. Especially now in Winter the grey of the city can become a bit overwhelming. In this season, it’s the night that brings back color into the city with its many artificial lights. They create a very own atmosphere that can range from mysterious and haunting, to playful, exciting and even romantic.
Berlin-based photographer Alex Niklass has a special focus on the late hours in his work that perfectly captures the spirit of the nights of Berlin. In his photos he shows us places that are quite ordinary during the day, but that come to life in the night and tint the city in its magnificent light. After the jump you can see a couple of our favorite shots from Alex. If you like what you see you can follow his work on his Instagram stream under all.x.
photo: Andi Weiland
For me personally this year was exceptionally inspiring. Due to my new position at Blogfabrik & DailyBreadMag I had the chance to meet and work with amazing people who are doing a hell of a job in making this city a better place for everybody. Maybe it’s just a coincidence or maybe it’s my subjective filter that made me stumble upon more inspiring women than men. Since I think that the stronger sex (because women are stronger in all ways you can possibly imagine) deserves way more credit I wanted to list 10 inspiring women in Berlin for you to get to know here. These personal highlights are the fabulous women who made me laugh, cry and awe of admiration these last 12 month. Discover my selection after the jump.
photos: Zoë Noble
Our friend Zoë from Überlin is not only a talented photographer. She also loves dogs, which is why she started a new project involving man’s best friend. On her new blog When Olive Met Zoë shows her beautiful photographs of dog owners and their animal friends who she encounters in the streets when she’s out with her own dog Olive in London, New York and Berlin. We took a closer look at the Berlin portraits and selected some of our favorites to show you how many adorable animals are walking around in our capital. On Zoë’s blog you can get to know the owners, the dogs and a little background story creating a family portrait that is unique and charming. Check out some of the beautiful photos after the jump.
photos: Marta Wilkosz
Berlin is hip, Berlin is cool, Berlin is young. When painting the picture of the capital, one tends to overlook an important part of the city: What about the people that have been experiencing Berlin for many years and have a lot of stories to tell?
The senior citizen of the city are often unseen. Especially in a place like Berlin, they are almost invisible. Except for at the cash register, let’s be realistic. At the cash register, everyone is visible.
Still, the elderly of our capital deserve a lot more attention. Photographer Marta Wilkosz looked, where no one looked and captured some seniors of the city. She catches beautiful moments of them in their everyday attire and collects them on her Instagram. Often very stylish, the elderly play a big part in shaping the spirit of Berlin. Marta’s love and admiration for the senior citizen is pretty much tangible in her photographs. With her shots, she makes the invisible of the capital seen.
Check out some of her plus aged photo models after the jump.
photo: Jeisson Martin
After a hugely successful week at Blogfabrik our Instagram exhibition #berlin is now beginning its online afterlife with its very own gallery page. Here you can once again join the selection that Ferdinand Prinz and Brando Wild from Post Collective and Olga Potschernina and myself from iHeartBerlin have made from some of the most popular and talented Berlin Instagramers. Enjoy the #berlin online gallery here, prints are still available to order.
photos: Ashkan Sahihi
“Berlin is always on the radar”.
A city’s soul lies in the people, that inhabit it. The townscape consists of the street’s faces.
But when we look closer, we ask ourselves: Who is Berlin?
Photographer Ashkan Sahihi has some answers. The capital has many faces, naturally.
Sahihi portrayed over 300 of them.
The 375 photographs of Berlin women are part of the series „A Portrait of a City: Die Berlinerin“ that were shown at multiple exhibitions in Berlin. Sahihi’s entire work of portraits is also published in a book. On 848 pages the reader gets an impression of Berlin that is far from cliché and close to reality. Get a preview of this amazing piece of work after the jump.
On the weekend we finally celebrated the opening of our highly anticipated #berlin Instagram exhibition that we organized with our new friends from Post Collective. It was a total passion project for the both of us and I am super excited about the results of our efforts. For a long time now I have been showing my appreciation for the talents on Instagram on the blog and on our Facebook page. I wanted to find a way to honor the great work of these creative people even more and this exhibition was the perfect way to do it. Guys, this one is for you, you deserve it!
I want to thank my lovely team: Olga, Yasmin, Kate and Claudio for doing this with me, you’ve been great! I want to thank all the guys from Post Collective, it is a pleasure to work with you. Of course I want to thank all of the Instagramers that took part in this exhibition – let this be a start of a fruitful collaboration with us at iHeartBerlin and Blogfabrik. Hands up for the guys from Moody Collective giving our exhibition the right soundtrack! A big thank you also to the makers of Belsazar Vermouth, your cocktails at our opening reception were delicious! We love the Polaboy light boxes – thanks for those! High five to the team of Blogfabrik for letting me completely remodel our event space and occupy it for an entire week. And thank you to everyone who came this weekend, it was overwhelming, thanks so much for all your words of appreciation.
We’ll be open every day from 14-20h until Satuday, December 5th 2015 so come visit us and see the unique perspective of Instagramers on our beloved #berlin. After the jump some impressions of the opening weekend!
Even though recent media stories suggest otherwise, Instagram is far more than conceited selfies, outfits of the day and food porn. It is also a platform for young and talented creative people that express themselves through photography, catching unique, unusual moments and details that are easily overlooked. In a sense, they bring you a different perspective of your daily life or even the city you live in. Berlin, as we know it, is a dream spot to bring out hidden aesthetics and aspects through photography and many photo artists capture the capital’s beauty on a daily basis for Instagram.
We wanted to find a way to get more people to see this amazing side of Instagram and promote the most talented users of the popular photo app – and what better way is there than making an exhibition with them! We sat down with Ferdinand Prinz, the founder of Post Collective, the world’s first platform for fine art prints of Instagram photos, as he really knows his way around the scene. With him and his team we curated the most outstanding and interesting pictures taken in and around the city and the result is going to be our upcoming exhibition #berlin that will be open to the public from November 29, 2015 for one week at Blogfabrik. More information and a preview after the jump.
photos: Moritz Jekat
I’ve never been a fan of after parties – at least not the ones that involve pretending life isn’t going on outside and the best thing to do is to numb yourself into oblivion. Everybody gets annoying, nobody listens to each other and the music that is played is mostly inadequate.
What I’ve always liked, however, are the short, silly and often funny moments that happen right before hopping into bed. The unnecessary, hardly remembered trips to get a second dinner slash breakfast (which is the better, cooler version of brunch when you think about it). The endless trips home that always seem to involve more means of transportation than you thought existed. The drunken cab rides spent battling sleep and watching the city’s blurry lights go by.
A whole new adventure starts the minute you stumble out the club, one that somehow manages to be much less predictable than whatever happened before. Most of the time, you knew which DJ was going to play or which club you would eventually end up at, but knowing how and with whom you’d go home is a different story…
Sometimes, living in a big city, you tend to overlook the beauty of ordinary things. You pass them on your way to work, to your friend’s house or to your home: Berlin’s subway stations. But have you ever noticed the sometimes hidden beauty of them? Claudio Galamini took it upon him to capture Berlin’s beautiful „U-Bahnhöfe“ and displays their charm on his Instagram.
About two weeks after he started taking the subway in Berlin, Claudio noticed the colors, shapes and the overall architecture of the metro stations. Now, he posts a picture every day, often even with a little bit of history. So next time you pass one of the stations you will see them through the eyes of Claudio. Scroll down to check out some of the most beautiful subway stations.