Den lange veien heim

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Instagram photos (follow me @devanx) from my three-week sojourn in Norway's scenic fjord country. Localities included: Førde, Florø, Jølster, Naustdal, Vevring, and other places in the especially beautiful Sogn og Fjordane county. Many thanks to the Rønnekleiv Family for their generous accommodation and hospitality provided!


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Below are photos from a recent excursion to Marzahn, a 1980's communist "plattenbauten" development and neighborhood located in the northeast of the city. Referred to by many Berliners as being dull and uninspiring, the area has garnered a reputation for a number of social and socioeconomic issues, including neo-Nazism, alcohol and drug abuse, and poverty. Marzahn is the best-known of several similar 1970s and '80s "commieblock" areas, that along with Neu-Hohenschönhausen and other municipalities in Litchenberg, house some 400,000 Berliners.

Inspired by its very telling communist appearance and aesthetic, along with a desire to see how the GDR's vision of the future is holding up 20 years after its collapse, and 30 years after its inception, I made the 30-minute S-Bahn journey to the city's fringe, where I explored and documented the area. These are the photos that resulted from the said visit. Pure DDR utopia. That isn't the whole story, though, so for further background and information on Marzahn and its inception, I highly recommend this report on it. Here is another, more contemporary article detailing how Marzahn and other Berlin communist housing estates are being affected by gentrification in inner-city districts, such as Kreuzberg and Neukölln.

Kiez life.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Daily life in my corner of Neukölln, Berlin:

Back in Berlin

Saturday, September 15, 2012

My flight back. Norwegian has free Wi-Fi onboard their flights, a much-appreciated amenity.
Overgrown. Wedding.

New Deli Yoga. Wranglerkiez, Kreuzberg. 

A street art-covered portion of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery. Friedrichshain.

1970's social-welfare housing at the Kottbusser Tor U1/U8 transfer station. Kreuzberg.

Gründerzeit architecture facing Görlitzer Park. Kreuzberg.
Freedom for Palestine. Kreuzberg.
Leather jacket. Wranglerkiez, Kreuzberg.
A stuccoed facade side-by-side with an unstuccoed one. Wranglerkiez, Kreuzberg.
A tender moment. Wranglerkiez, Kreuzberg.
Plattenbau. Jannowitzbrücke, Mitte.
Ernst Thälmann statue. Prenzlauer Berg,
A rather delicious chicken kebab. Hermannstrasse, Neukölln.
The former terminal at Tempelholf Field, a former airport converted into a park.
A graffitied street corner in the Schillerkiez area of Neukölln.
Breakfast. Prenzlauer Berg.
Door porn. Neukölln.