As we all know, Berlin is full of art and the people who create it, among them painters, actors, musicians, comedians and sculpturists. Did we mention photographers? No. But we are doing so now. P-h-o-t-o-g-r-a-p-h-e-r-s. Get the picture?
No, this is not about people like you and me who point their smart phones at anything cool or fancy, but rather about the girl with the eye, the artist who composes his photos instead of just pointing and shooting. The kind of photographer capable of spreading fascination.
Berlin does not just accommodate great photographers with their Nikons, Canons and especially their skills, but it also provides great photo opportunities. This city has a lot to show, including its beauty, its chaos and its dirt, its history, as well as its people and its spirit.
A. Tamboly is an expatriate who has lived and studied in Sweden, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Switzerland and Germany, where is right now. Besides, he has traveled like crazy, and as you can imagine he has shot the entire continent, including Valencia, Alanya, Lisbon, Copenhagen and Paris.
The shot above is smooth and stunning. This one introduces Berlin and makes the center around Alexanderplatz far more beautiful than it actually is. It is the kind of shot which you can get lost in and which should be printed in a huge size.
A. Tamboly’s Brandenburg Gate photo is just as breathtaking. Since the reunification, this most famous monument in Berlin is the symbol of a free Germany. Here the photographer made it look that way more than ever, by giving it the appropriate scenery in perfect light. What a killer shot! Shot sounds trivial. What a killer composition!
Truly stunning underwater photos and unconventional portraits are part of A. Tamboly’s portfolio too, along with architecture. It is safe to say that he shoots everything. At age 7, he received his first camera. The rest is history. “My interest in psychology, philosophy and art history has always had its impact on my photographic visions”, he says. It definitely shows.
The nicer part of Berlin’s Kreuzberg quarter has a certain look and feel. With their countless different backgrounds, its inhabitants are very distinctive too. Parents with smaller children, such as the mother seen on the picture above, take their little ones to kindergartens and schools on bicycles.
Elina Shorokhova, another expat photographer in Berlin, managed to take a perfect photo every single inch of which seems to be saying “Kreuzberg“. She fulfilled the task of showing the real Berlin, without the tower or the gate, in her unconventional masterpiece.
Andrew James Kirkwood, yet another Berlin expatriate, is from the United Kingdom, but he has lived in Berlin for a very long time indeed. In 1989, an important year for the city, the country, the continent and the world, he came to Berlin and got stuck. But photography came to him much later.
“I only got into photography about 5 years ago, and that was more or less by accident”, Kirkwood says. “But I discovered I had talent, and here I am, still working away at it.” We are glad he also organizes photography events.
This double exposure trick he pulled at the right spot and the right time, with the right light, his eagle eye and his gift, created this great Kreuzberg photo (above), which is another candidate for a big print. His photo is not just from Berlin or shot in Berlin, but it actually is Berlin.
Anton Tal is a photographer, a videographer and an Israeli expatriate in Berlin. Apart from high end wedding photos, he creates abstract photo compositions. His brilliant Berlin wormhole (the one above) is a perspective of a kind we do not see everyday.
“I stumbled upon this technique sometime around 2012 and have been making these tiny planets and wormholes ever since”, he says. “I kind of stopped because it takes a lot of tweaking”. Finalizing one wormhole or one tiny planet takes three to five hours, because he will not compromise on the quality aspect. So he does use very detailed DSLR shots and complicated stitching techniques.
“Berlin: Shot at Close Range”: We might make a series out of this.