The Architecture of Berlin

There were many things about Germany that surprised me. The friendliness of the people. How the countryside looked just like the southeastern part of Pennsylvania, where I’m from. The way in which every city seemed a place unto itself, each so different from all the others we visited.

Berlin was the most strikingly different city. I’ve never been anywhere like it, not in Germany or anywhere else. My boyfriend called is a modern-day Paris, and I think he’s right. The city has great and terrible histories – the marks are everywhere. Buildings are riddled with bullet holes. Triumphant gates and columns. Small golden squares sit deep in the sidewalk, remembering those who were taken from their homes. A modern building hugs and supports a destroyed church. In fact, modern buildings seem to hug and support the whole city. There are so few historic buildings left, especially downtown. The city seems to be endlessly being restored and rebuilt, and it gleams with the bright reflection of glass and color. Bouyant structures are everywhere.


The beautiful, hyper-modern train station.
The beautiful, hyper-modern train station.

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A bridge connects two government buildings, high above the street.
A bridge connects two government buildings, high above the street.


Glass and sky for miles downtown.
Glass and sky for miles downtown.


One of the gorgeous government buildings along the river Spree.
One of the gorgeous government buildings along the river Spree.


One of a string of courtyards in East Berlin surrounded by beautiful buildings with tile facades.
One of a string of courtyards in East Berlin surrounded by beautiful buildings with tile facades.


Taking a boat tour on the river Spree was one of the highlights of our trip, and was a fantastic way to see the city.
Taking a boat tour on the river Spree was one of the highlights of our trip, and was a fantastic way to see the city.


Another government building, right near the Reichstag.
Another government building, right near the Reichstag.


More glass, more sky, near Tiergarten.
More glass, more sky, near Tiergarten.

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The Architecture of Berlin

A Glimpse of Germany



I was lucky enough to be able to spend two weeks in Germany in late August this year. I was told, many times over, that I would love it there, but I really had no concept of how much I would enjoy it. The countryside reminded me of my home in Pennsylvania, and the cities jarred me out of my staid way of life in Boston. Hannover and Berlin were especially enjoyable, as I found great comfort, challenge, and surprise in both places.

I would love to fill this space with dozens of photos from the trip, but I’ve limited myself to two images per city as a glimpse of what we saw and did. If you’d like information on any of the places I visited, just let me know!

Frankfurt:

Frankfurt side street

Frankfurt

Cologne:

Cologne Cathedral seen from the banks of the Rhine

Cologne Cathedral interior

Düsseldorf:

Frank Gehry buildings

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Hannover:

Altstadt

Aegidienkirche

Hamburg:

Hamburg

Hamburg Kunsthalle

Berlin:

Berlin

Stolpersteine

A Glimpse of Germany

Coffee, Drinks, and a Tour Around Town with The Knottery

Freelance gigs are tough to find and tougher to get, especially when just starting out in the editorial and commercial photography world. But fun opportunities do come along, and last weekend I was lucky enough to shoot some ties and pocket squares for The Knottery, a men’s accessories brand out of Brooklyn. Photos below!

 

Pocket Square - The Schooner

 

Pocket Square - The Catamaran

 

Tie - Schooner

 

Tie - Zen Sangria

 

Tie - Cran Razzy

 

Tie - The Mojito

 

Tie - Berry Martini

 

Tie - White Russian

 

And my favorite tie, The Bloody Mary:

Tie - Bloody Mary

Check out their website for more ties, accessories, and general manly awesomeness!

In other news, I was one of 6 photographers chosen from the New England Portfolio Review to be part of a group show in August! Details and photos are forthcoming, but mark the opening, August 9th, 6-8 on your calendar. Would love to see you there!

Coffee, Drinks, and a Tour Around Town with The Knottery

Women in Photography Night at the Photographic Resource Center

I have been volunteering with the Photographic Resource Center (PRC) at Boston University since last October, and have greatly enjoyed the various events and opportunities they offer. The organization truly is one of the best resources for photographers in New England. I was very excited to have the opportunity to share my work at one of their peer-review nights last Thursday. Lisa Kessler, a professor at Endicott College, hosted the night in which I, Leslie Jardine, Barbara Trachtenberg, Paris Visone, and Ryan McMahon shared our work. The conversation was lively, and the work shared showed a wide breadth of photographic interests and the stellar quality of work happening in the Boston area.

Click the image below to see more photos from the event!

presenting my work
presenting my work! (c) Marisol Marquez
Women in Photography Night at the Photographic Resource Center