Photo Series featuring Berlin’s Metro Network
The German capital can look back on a worldwide unique history and of course the city’s constructional countenance gives a very good reflection of that. Against the background of other European capitals Berlin seems to skip a couple of urban development stages. Despite constructional blunders and demolition one of the best history tellers is still around, that is the city’s infrastructure, in particular the underground transportation, its diverse tunnels and various stations. When having a closer look they reveal a stunning piece of Berlin’s chronicles as well as contemporary stories.
The Philosophy: As a far and wide travelled man I kind of had to learn that one hasn’t to see the other side of the world to encounter special moments as often interesting things already happen at one’s own doorstep. The history of the city being reflected by the underground tunnel and stations as well as my personal appreciation for a very good public transportation is the driving force of this dossier. Its photos shall portray and honour that the same way like bringing this story to you, the reader. An “Ey, every morning I am driving that way to work, but I’ve never seen it like that” is the biggest compliment I can get.
The Task: The window between two sequent trains is the only time available to take a U-Bahn photo. At every station the station sign has to be photographed in a standardised way. The remaining time can be used to get an architectonic photo of the platform, anteroom, trains etc. Personally I tightened the task by solely using a 24mm prime lens at aperture f/1.4 without tripod. Despite the time limit the photo should be taken the way that the station appears a little abandoned and without lots of people.
The Technique: The images get post-processed, but in a very marginal way only. I only allow myself to correct (chromatic) aberrations, optical distortion, contrasts and white balance. The adjustment of contrasts and white balance reveals the actual (decontaminated) colour and interesting further details.
The Law: All photos were taken the way in regard of protecting the personality rights of train drivers as well as passengers. That means no face can be identified. If one of the very few humans can be identified though then this person was always informed about this project and asked if the photo taken can be published. Surprisingly Berlin can be very open-minded in that case.
Some of the photo stories got shot together with my photographer friend Torsten Goltz. He captured a couple of nice underground impressions as well.