Photographic Essay on Germany

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The flats that hosted the group for 6 weeks in the city of Magdeburg, in eastern Germany.

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In the shadow of the Magdeburg Cathedral’s cloister, known officially as the Cathedral of the Saints Catherine and Maurice, the author is overlooked by the beautifully designed 13th century Gothic building. It is the oldest Gothic cathedral in Germany, and houses the remains of the Holy Roman Emperor Otto I (‘Otto the Great’) and his English wife Edith. Interestingly the cathedral also has one of the first examples of an artist representation of an ethnic African individual in Central European art.

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The Jahrtausendturm in Magdburg, which, at 60m high is the third tallest wooden tower in the world. Established and built in 1999, the tower plays host to a science and natural history museum as well as a unique vantage point of it’s surroundings of Elbauen park and the nearby River Elbe, in Magdeburg.

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A detail of the Berlin skyline.

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The Humboldt Box on Schloßplatz in central Berlin, with the tethered aerial viewing platform in the distance. The Box is a ‘futuristic’ museum, which houses changing exhibitions, cafes and viewing platforms for various views of the city.

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As part of the Museum Island in the centre of Berlin, the ‘Greek, Etruscan, and Roman museum’ offers an in-depth look at the impact, history and physical relics of these Mediterranean based peoples.

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A small lake near the Schloss of Hundisburg, in Saxony-Anhalt.  Dating from the 16th century, but with altered designs from previous centuries the Schloss is particularly impressive, even with on-going restoration.

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A rhinoceros at Magdeburg Zoo.  This beautifully peaceful beast was happy to have his photograph taken.   The zoo hosts a wide range of animals from all over the world, with particularly emphasis on large mammals and birds of prey.

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Two elephants at the excellent Magdeburg Zoo amble around and relax.  A public feeding helped the visitors become acquainted with these mammals, the largest land animal alive today.  To come face to face with such creatures was quite inspiring.

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Silently drifting over the city of Magdeburg, balloon rides are a popular way of seeing the landscape from another vantage point.

*All photographs are my own, and if shared please credit as appropriate (see Creative Commons).

Time Will Be the Ruin of Us All

“When a memory fails to appear, it seems as though the time when it was created did not really exist, and maybe that is true.  Time itself is nothing; only the experience of it is something.  When that dies, it assumes the form of a denial, the symbol of mortality, what you already lost before you lose everything.  When his friend had said something similar to his father, his response had been, “If you had to retain everything you’d explode.  There’s simply not enough space for it all.  Forgetting is like medicine; you have to take it at the right time.””

In ‘Roads to Berlin: Detours and Riddles in the Lands & History of Germany’, by Cees Nooteboom (2009: 129).

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A deserted medieval village near Hundisburg, Germany, perhaps epitomising the above quote as time itself strips the building, and it’s memories, back. Photograph taken by Don’t Bend Ascend in 2011.