These pictures are of last January from a trip to Usedom, an isle in the Baltic Sea. There is something very beautiful and even mystical about the sea in winter. The places are like in a deep sleep with the season still far away and only a few tourists in the streets, the sound of the restless waves their constant companion. It's grey and windy and cold and wet - perfect for long walks along the beach, the wind clearing the mind and the thoughts free for wandering.
Come with me to the shore and let your thoughts wander, too.
When you enter a house, you enter a microcosmos, a little world of its own, with its individual tastes, rules and customs. I have always been fascinated by house entrances and since I have been living in Berlin with so many beautiful old, to some extent pompous, turn of the century buildings, the idea formed in my head: to take pictures of them. Because that is also a fascinating part of photography: you can collect many individual things and put them together so they form an overall picture that tells you new things.
Last summer I took the first picture (the one in the top left hand corner) and since then I have been keeping my eyes open for open doors or glass doors and illuminated hallways...
If you want to peek into more houses, I've started an album on Flickr where I'll be adding more of the treasures I find behind Berlin's doors:
The first half of my 365pictures-project is over - and so far I'm mostly enjoying it. Although I have to admit that the dark season doesn't make it easier. Since most of the days it's already dark when I have time to photograph and I don't fancy going everywhere with a tripod, most of the pictures are shot without one, which does not make the whole thing easier. But on the other hand: it's really amazing what you see and get when you are not in your comfort zone, which for me is landscape and streets. Before I startet this projects, I never really got the hang of taking pictures indoors or making close-ups, but this is changing bit by bit. So, to wrap this up: although, there isn't a good picture every day (of course) and it's sometimes a bit frustrating when there really isn't a satisfactory result, the days when you really see that you learned something new, have an unexpected good outcome or watching yourself develop are so much more rewarding. Having said this: Cheers to the second half, which I hope will be as much fun as the first and which I hope you keep enjoying with me!
The whole album is on Flickr: click
And here are the
part of the project so far.