berlin on film // haiku challenge

In May this year I responded to @berlinonfilmmag’s haiku challenge, and spent quite an enjoyable few hours, trying to write some haikus to go with some analog shots I have taken in Berlin in the past. I decided to share some of these in this post.

I even made an attempt at writing German versions for each one, with the help of Google translate, but in order to meet the syllable requirements of haikus, these became a grammatical offence to my German friends, so I will spare the readers. Although……one of my more forgiving German friends said it is so bad it is almost sweet and endearing. Let me know what you think of these.

This first image was taken near a very popular tourist attraction in Berlin. In a different frame, you would see many people.

My Frame vs Yours:

Tourists out of view
We frame things differently

I like this angle.

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I have been to Berlin many times. Some good friends live there, and this image was taken, coming out of the station nearest where one of my friends live. The first time I arrived here, I felt so disoriented. Now I know this area pretty well.

“From Where Do I Go?” to “Feels Like Home”:

I felt so damn lost,
arriving here the first time.
I could live here now.

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As a photographer, and a tourist, I like to do my own thing.

I’ll Go This Way:

Going your own way,
Is usually better,

than following crowds.

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Near the Berlin wall memorial:

You Are Free:
Emerge into it
Your are free to move around

Nothing prevents you.

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I think this is at / or a stop near Bülow Straße:

Stations Are Reflection Posts:

Easy to reflect,
on your life and other lives
while waiting for trains.

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Go check out: Berlin on Film on instagram for more images from Berlin.

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