After completing my first eight photos of the Berlin Fotomarathon (see Part 1), and picking up my next set of prompts, I was starving. Although I had already fueled myself with an energy bar and a banana over the previous four hours, I knew if I didn’t sit down for a meal, I was going to hit bottom soon. So I headed to my favorite noodle shop near Alexanderplatz. While I slurped my soup, I thought over my strategy for the next set of photos.
I knew I wasn’t more than a quick bus ride away from the next checkpoint, and since I know the area pretty well, I stayed near Alexanderplatz for this entire set of photos.
Photo 9: Stadtleben / city life. I found it difficult to capture an abundance of city life with the off-and-on pouring rain. While I was trying to shoot this photo, most people seemed to be staying put. In any case, though, there are few symbols more representative of Berlin than the Fernsehturm, so I went with it.
Photo 10: lauthals lachen / laughing out loud. A place of entertainment for the people. There’s bound to be some laughter going on, right?
Photo 11: sehnsüchtig / longing. Maybe it was just because it was nearly 5pm and I was actually longing for a coffee at this point.
Photo 12: Denkpause / pause for thought. I considered capturing some of my fellow cafe-goers drinking their coffee and reading the newspaper, but this portrait with a cigar caught my eye and I couldn’t resist.
Photo 13: Höhenflüge / flight of fancy. I was actually walking around looking for birds, but instead came across flying flags for the Euro Cup.
Photo 14: richtig scharf / hot and spicy. I had wanted to photograph a sex shop near by Susuru for this prompt, but there was too much scaffolding in front of the building obscuring the neon signs a little too much. Ah well, maybe next time. :) Instead I went for the obvious (although in reality, nothing is ever really that spicy in Germany).
Photo 15: Naschkatze / sweet tooth. A whole booth full of gummy candies is not to be resisted.
Photo 16: sorglos / carefree. Remember how amazing riding on a carousel was as a child? That’s why I shot this photo.
Soon after, an incredible downpour began. Luckily, I was able to escape it while waiting in a shelter at the bus stop on my way to the next checkpoint, the Berlinische Galerie. Arriving with plenty of time to spare — eight hours after starting this adventure — I was feeling creatively drained, but still happy that I was managing to complete each set of photos on time. (Again, a major improvement from last year when I was already three hours behind by this point!)
With my final set of prompts in hand, I sat down in an empty corner of the gallery and pondered my options.
To be continued…