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November 13, 2008

Kate in Berlin

Filed under: Matt — Matt Alofs @ 16:40

Sorry, couldn’t scrounge up any bird photos. Bird photography is really hard with a rangefinder ;-)



  1. A wonderful portrait Matt, the figure in the distance is intriguing.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — November 13, 2008 @ 23:51

  2. My first reaction was ‘how very Berlin’. Not that I’ve been there, but this image just has to be from a cold war drama.

    Excellent portrait as well.

    Comment by Colin — November 14, 2008 @ 12:25

  3. An oh wow moment on opening this.

    Intrigue is the right word, lots of potential stories come to mind; the secret assignation is but one.

    Kate’s crisp punchy image contrasts with the recession and OoF person, just magic.

    Comment by Rex — November 14, 2008 @ 18:27

  4. Initially I was a bit disturbed by the Cold War/spy genre pastiche even while appreciating the look of this. Since then that impression has pretty well disappeared and I am happy that the man is nothing other than an individual in the same ‘corridor’ as Kate and providing visual balance. What she was doing I don’t know but obviously needed to be dressed against coldish weather. Moving left from Kate one comes to some intriguingly inward-leaning pillars.

    I was in Berlin (West) in 1968 and did not come across this sort of location. It’s a very abstract place and although I think it’s a hotel corridor, I am far from certain that that is the case. It evokes the sort of rectangular blockiness of somewhere like Tempelhof airport or the Olympics site.

    I like the look of this very much even though I do question the role b/w has in influencing the descriptive and narrative nature of a photo.

    Comment by John Ellis — November 15, 2008 @ 07:59

  5. ‘It’s a very abstract place ‘

    This was taken at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. It’s an impressive place, and one that’s challenging intellectually, emotionally and photographically.

    I don’t think I fully realized the extent to which this would look like a cold war scene. At the time, I was intrigued by the light and the columns, but it does look very much like something from the first blocks of the wall.

    Comment by matt — November 16, 2008 @ 20:19

  6. And yes, it was cold. We wore everything we packed.

    Comment by matt — November 16, 2008 @ 20:21

  7. The Memorial wasn’t there in ’68 and is a compelling reason to go to Berlin (and remains on my to-go-to list). Now knowing the location, a lot more makes sense, such as Kate’s expression. So, in fact, a fitting use for b/w.

    Comment by John Ellis — November 16, 2008 @ 22:42

  8. Wonderful depth, though looking down that corridor gives me a sense of claustrophobia — perhaps in part due to the leaning columns. Unlike in John’s image, I don’t wish to walk down that path.

    I’ll echo that it is a fine portrait, but it goes much farther than that.

    Comment by Christina — November 17, 2008 @ 05:23

  9. Quite engaging and wonderfully mysterious. Cold, damp, and disturbingly quiet. Combine that with the intimidating and unforgiving rigidity in the lines of those columns and the distant figure and there is a stong sense of discomfort about the scene. Certainly reminds me of a poster for a spy film.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — November 19, 2008 @ 23:12

  10. This keeps reminding me of The Third Man for some reason. It’s an excellent portrait with Kate’s expression matching the stranger in the background extremely well.

    Comment by akikana — November 20, 2008 @ 05:20

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