What we see, what we do and who we meet: it usually happens right in our neighborhood. These little randoms make up most of our lives here in Berlin. With every little piece of the puzzle we hope to get closer to portraying an authentic picture of the city.

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Supporter of the Independent by Jack Daniel’s


Scroll down for Eng­lish version. Ber­lin gilt als Hoch­burg und Heimathafen für all diejeni­gen, die einen kreat­iven Spiel­platz suchen, um ihre Ideen und Träume zu real­is­ieren. Nicht umsonst dient die Stadt als Nähr­boden für Start-ups und One-Man-Projekte. Sie dür­fen wild sein, ver­rückt, uner­war­tet – und manch­mal braucht es viel Mut, um sie zu ver­wirk­lichen,
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Kimchi Princess Lunch


Mat­thias just returned from his vaca­tion in Seoul and he brought back with him (amongst an AWESOME selfie-stick and vari­ous weird but deli­cious snacks) many memor­ies of a won­der­ful time, spent mostly with the indul­gence of Kim­chi. I am very envi­ous. Trav­el­ing, to me, is a sport based on culin­ary exper­i­ences. It’s my favor­ite thing in the world:
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Walking in November

04.11.2014 · 5 comments

I never go out to take a walk and some pic­tures any­more. And why would I? I have enough on my list as it already is. There’s rarely a moment now when the city (or my life) isn’t pol­luted with a big mis­sion. I think that’s the feel­ing that most people have after liv­ing here for a while; I mean, they real­ize

Mandy’s Bar

27.10.2014 · One comment

What happened to hav­ing a favor­ite bar to always come back to? While a lot of TV shows like How I Met Your Mother* still advert­ise this second liv­ing room to meet your friends at whenever you want to, none of my friends seem to have a “Stam­mkneipe” any­more. Maybe Ber­lin simply has too many dif­fer­ent pubs and

Sammelkarten #8 by Jan Herdlicka

20.10.2014 · One comment

Hey friends! It is time for the next round of SAMMELKARTEN! I think you know the pro­ced­ure by now: you can get a pack­age of beau­ti­ful hand­made mini-prints of my pho­to­graphs. If you are lucky you will even find a “print”-card in your pack­age which will get you a signed print of my work. All you have to
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Bar & Food Night at Neue Heimat

20.10.2014 · One comment

To trans­form an old rail­way sta­tion into an urban space for con­certs, street food and hap­pen­ings of diverse nature is a very good idea in and of itself already. But the Neue Heimat venue has actu­ally also brought life into an almost for­got­ten area of the city, too (for­got­ten by me, mostly). Every street between Warschauer
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Berlin Festival 2014


Urgh, Ber­lin Fest­ival. It’s one of those events where all people go “uhh­h­h­h­h­h­h­hhh yeah, I’ve got like, super-free tickets, so I’m going for a minute or two even though it’s like, super-shitty”. Ahahahaha. I love that. Then again, that’s what people in Ber­lin usu­ally say about any big name party, so I tried to detach myself from the pre­ju­dice and enjoy my

Open Your City: 5 Hotspots In Berlin-Wedding

06.09.2014 · One comment

Wed­ding — hot or luke­warm at best? The sweet thing about the typ­ical com­pet­i­tion between the vari­ous Ber­lin dis­tricts is that nobody can ever be a win­ner. If it’s too cool, it’s already out (Pren­zlauer Berg), and if you’re it’s best kept secret, nobody will make the effort (Moabit). Wed­ding seems to be the middle-ground: while it’s more chal­len­ging to find
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Blub! Abandoned Swimming Pool in Neukölln

14.08.2014 · 5 comments

After my four month trip to South­east Asia a couple of years ago, I swore to myself that I would never see another water­fall in my life again. Usu­ally, the hik­ing tours there all take you up a hill or a moun­tain, and once you have dragged your sweat­ing ass to the top, a water­fall awaits your view. It’s all nice and
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Ghost Train U8

31.07.2014 · 6 comments

If you are plan­ning to start doing pho­to­graphy there seem to be dozens of tech­nical hurdles and an over­load of people telling you this and that. In this field almost every per­son has a clear opin­ion about the gear you should use or motifs that are worth being cap­tured. If you try do learn pho­to­graphy via magazines

“Titel 172 — Prahlerei ist die beste Ausrede auf dem Acker” — exhibition review


What is the defin­i­tion of an artist? Is pro­du­cing art mainly about tal­ent, artistic tech­nique or cre­ativ­ity or isn’t it rather about being able to copy oth­ers ideas without get­ting caught? These and other ques­tions are treated by the group exhib­tion entitled “Titel 172 — Prahlerei ist die beste Aus­rede auf dem Acker” that fea­tures vari­ous art­works

“Hundekopf” or how to explore Berlin with a camera

24.07.2014 · 2 comments

Patrick, of berlin-based pho­to­graphy blog Radi­ant Flux, has thought of a way to explore the city that would both expand his hori­zon and make for inter­est­ing pho­to­graphy. You can see all of his Hun­dekopf pic­tures on his blog. I invited Patrick to tell his approach to the pro­ject here and to share his per­spect­ive on Ber­lin in the future


23.07.2014 · One comment

Every year, we post at least one pic­ture of the Ber­liner Tour d’Eiffel (see here and here and I think there were more but I can’t find them) . Le Fernse­hturm, as it’s called, is still a heartwearm­ing sym­bol of home. Although it has not a power­ful WIFI that con­nects auto­mat­ic­ally, I still con­sider every sum­mer night with a glimpse of it as
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CSD Kreuzberg 2014 Recap


The thing with ana­log pho­to­graphy is that the full rolls some­times live and die in my back­pack without ever being noticed. That’s why it can take a little longer than usual for me to develop them and finally real­ize “oh, so THAT’s what I for­got writ­ing about”. So my cov­er­age of the Kreuzberg CSD might be a little late, but it’s