Finding London Pt.1

Marcus and Maria went to London and brought back colorful memories.
3 Sep ’10 by Marcus Travel

on my trip to london two words haunted my mind. these words were more and most. i think i have to connect them to my childhood in a small german city with the strong feeling that i would miss something out there if I were to stay even just one more day.

this propably has to do with the word most. for me, it means “to make the most of it” and this meant to pack my stuff and move to some place that provided me enough challenge so that the “more” in me was satisfied for a long time.

so if berlin is “most” compared to other german citys, what would happen if this sentiment was challenged by a new “more” feeling that i have when i am in london?

the city flashed me from the first time i’ve been there. the rush of 8 million people on one place. the history. the cultural diversity. the traffic. the music scenes. the clubs. the fashion. the mash ups. the neigbourhoods. the architecture. i was always a city kid and what i found there was a metropolis.

london is a provocation for the “more” inside of me. the sensory input of the city is like coke for my “more” and i’m afraid that this appetite changes the feeling i have towards berlin. i got stuck in that emotion the last time i returned from London to Berlin. everything was just pale and pastell and i wished myself back to the strong streetcolors of shoreditch and the ethnical afrocaribasioneuro mixture.

london is “more” in many ways. but i also learned that for me, there’s one more important point to it all: to freely focus on all the things I love and want to do in my life. i can’t find this approach in london. everyone i know there is in a big struggle to survive. they have to squat houses, work their asses up to pay the expensive rent, can’t afford health assurance, live under a public surveillance i’ve never seen anywhere else in this world.

london will always be an inspiration for me and i’d love to do jobs there from time to time. but home should be something more laid back. i can combine both- a more laid back life and creative productivity in berlin. so for me this is the real “most” now and i’m glad about that.

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Eight comments

  1. i’ve been living in london for about 4 years now and totally agree with what you are saying about it. it can be quite a struggle sometimes.

  2. Woaah ich find’s super das versüßt mir die Mittagspause und das warten auf mein Essen (:
    Sag mal, ist das Bild hier http://www.findingberlin.com/part2/finding-london-pt-1/attachment/33/ eins von banksy? Errinert mich total ein seinen Stil – ich hab mal eine Präsentation über ihn in Kunst gemacht (:

    Ich freu mich schon auf neues, und während deiner Weltreise werde ich mich mal durch’s Archiv arbeiten.

    Liebe grüße, @kevinFTW :D

  3. Hey M.,
    ich hab eben Sara schon gefragt und die wusste es auch nicht. Magst du mir vielleicht verraten, wie du die Bilder so bearbeitest? Mir gefällt der Stil echt sau gut. Und die Bilder sind auch Hammer!
    LG Chris

    • hey chris,
      das kann ich gar nicht so pauschal sagen. es hängt natürlich vom foto und der jeweiligen lichtsituation ab. dann arbeite ich mit kontrasten und viel mit der farbbalance. manchmal nutze ich auch einfach nur eine vintage fotoaktion. das meiste ist echt nur spielerei bis es mir irgenwie besser gefällt als das original.. so far. liebe grüße m

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