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  1. My goodness - a picture thread starting with a lengthy text and a very unremarkeable photograph… What is, today, an innocent urban bicycle path, flanked by office buildings, appartments and government structures, was, until 1989, part of one of the most deadly borders in the world. The Berlin Wall was not made purerly of concrete along it’s entire length. Several canals formed part of the East / West border, among them the „Berlin-Spandauer Schifffahrtskanal“. Dozens of people tried to swim across these canals in attempts to escape from the so-called German Democratic Republic. Some drowned. Some were shot. Some made it. Along this canal lie the remnants of the ancient Invalid’s Cemetary, formerly adjacent to a home for injured soldiers, founded in 1746. Many once famous soldiers from long forgotten wars were buried here. Much later in history, this graveyard formed part of the ‚border proximity zone‘ which was strictly off limits and part of the border fortifications. Most of the graves nearest to the canal and an accompanying chapel were razed in the 1960ies in order to give would-be fugitives no hiding place or cover, and in order to supply the border patrols with a clear line of sight and fire. At times, incidents would occur where East German border police shot at fleeing refugees, while West German police officers shot back at their colleagues across the border, being on order to safeguard any escape attempts. At the height of the Cold War, this could well have resulted in global desaster. Some noble graves have been restored following Germany’s reunification in 1990. Most are barely discernible outlines in the grass. There are no visual cues as to the horror this place must have exuded, but a few remnants of the smaller secondary border wall („Hinterlandmauer“) and one or two modern info-boards. I felt incongruous, walking on a warm and sunny summer’s day, birds chirping, through a deserted graveyard, along the former border, where, amongst others, a 14 year old boy was shot during an attempt to flee the country of his birth. Part of my own family was split between the East and the West. I am not partial to borders, fences and walls. Some impressions from a haphazard stroll. Maybe the discrepancy between the history and it’s near invisibility will incite your imagination. Maybe these pictures will not work at all, without having been there in person. [ All pictures in this thread: M10 ; Cron 50 V ]
  2. M10 Summicron-M 28mm 1/750" f/8 ISO 200
  3. Jethro

    Camden Lock 1

    From the album: cities

    Camden Lock, 7.30am as the city wakes

    © © Jethro L. 2017

  4. From the album: Rural Oxfordshire

  5. Taken with 75 mm Summarit this afternoon
  6. ]Last weekend we did the tour to that atomic reactor Hamm-Uentrop/ North-Rhein-Westfalia which can always be seen from the highway. We planned for a couple of hours for searching a position at the canal. This plant is in the phase of being shut down which will be finished in a further couple of years. We tried to capture the strange situation with thepeaceful landscape, people enjoying their leisure time at the bottom of this uncontrollable doom of the danger of contamination. I'll show these in a further thread. We had a strong mix of aprillic weather with sunshine,rainy strom and peaceful night illumination. My usual combo Canon/Yashica ML 50 mm/1.4 I cannot show here but I did a series with my Olympus EM 5 + Nocticron. All then handheld, because my tripod was occupied wih the heavy gear.
  7. We enjoyed a couple of hours down by the canal with the atomic reactor Hamm-Uentrop. We had a heavy mix of aprillic weather and could not believe our eyes when 2 guys started installig their tent and fishing gear directly opposite the plant. I had already some shots safe in the box approaching the tent and then...just clicking when one of the guys came out. He just wanted to check when it is safe to water the bushes with the first recycled cans of beer.... Olympus EM 5 with Nocticron
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