Gallit Shaltiel

Berlin

Berlin

During a week’s photographic trip to Berlin, I became overwhelmed by the sense of history through its architecture; the feeling of loss and disappearance, alongside the vast renewal. As a result I found myself photographing empty spaces and wasteland between old buildings that had been bombed during the war, as well the endless new building projects in progress.

Photographs also capture examples of how tourism frequently absorbs history. Ironic examples of this are often seen in Berlin where, for instance old GDR army coats and gas masks are sold as commercial tourist items next to the reconstructed ‘Checkpoint Charlie’ border crossing.
In the former East Berlin, signs of Westernisation in the form of billboards and advertising hoardings are displayed at the end of endless communist style blocks of flats.