Friday, November 30, 2012

The Berlin Journals

I flew out to Berlin the last two weeks of October to get a taste of subculture on the other side of the pond.  It was a hell or a trip too - pure bombing and missions - for pretty much the entire stint of the trip. Even though I was drinking pretty much everyday, having a flat on the fifth floor of a city that has few elevators and walking five to ten kilometers a day kept me in shape. The food was great, especially the king sized doners, the people were welcoming for the most part, and besides some grey skies and cold evenings, the weather was pretty nice. I took a ridiculous amount of flicks and I'm still working on them but I wanted to drop a few 'cause it's been far too long since I posted last.

I wanted to drop some shout outs to the folks in Berlin who I met, particularly STU76 for bringing us out towards Heinersdorf to paint and for a couple of fun days with lots of laughs; Sharm and Tres for their walking tours of the city and then Tres dragging us around to some hot spots to paint and flick to give us a taste of what its like tracking trains and walls; Korea and company for a hell of a Halloween party night and great conversations over drinks with unknown quantities of mixed alcohol; Dask and Most for a solid three days in Halle and some of the best missions I've had in a while, shorty shots, and more enlivening conversations; and finally Meor for putting up with my shit and feeding me over the two weeks we spent out there. Everyone else in between you got my love and thanks for making my first Berlin and Europe trip an absolute blast.

I know that things have been quiet here for a bit. But considering I took something in the realm of 7000 flicks while out there it's gonna take me a little while until I'm through them all. Well, here's a taste of that multitude I've been working on for the last month.

Way more to come. And I'm back on this beast. New picks from Berlin Stinky's, the streets, and more soon!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Into the Belly of the Beast: Stinkys Sept 2012

It's been years since I have taken the opportunity to get back into Stinky's. Shortly after the courtyard and the rest of the easy entrances were closed up about five years ago I just flicked shots from the outside. I tried to get in through a few spots here and there but I never made it back in. A lot of the make shift entraces that have been made over the years are pretty small and for the most part I haven't been able to fit through. Last week I met up with a fellow explorer and, after weaseling our way in, paid this decrepid husk a more proper visit.

It was right around sunset so we didn't have too long but I managed to get a few nice shots.The entire area is in terrible disrepair, portions of the roof in a number of areas have caved in, sections of flooring and stairs are missing, bricks and other debris lays about in piles, it is utterly derelict, forgotten, and abandoned. I only had an hour or so to get my shots and the light was going quick. There are many more rooms I have to get into and document with some proper shots so I hope to return soon with better light and more time. Enjoy these shots for now. More to come soon.

Stay posted.