It is hard to appreciate how huge a cruise ship is until you actually see one in person. I took this picture on Mein Schiff 4, a new cruise ship from TUI. Standing outside on the deck and looking up, it is almost as if you are standing outside an office building, or more appropriately large hotel. As I looked up and enjoyed the beautiful weather, I noticed that the curves of the ship blended well into the surroundings. I love when man-made objects harmonize with their surroundings.
I love the architecture of skyscrapers. Europe isn’t known for it’s tall buildings, but thankfully I live not to far away from Frankfurt, which has the highest number of skyscrapers in Germany. Every year they host a Skyscraper Festival, so in 2014 I attended. It was a nice day, though taking full advantage of all on offer would have required more planning. Of all the photos I took, I like this one the most. I think because, to me, it shows not matter high we build, we are still small.
I find religious buildings fascinating. They say so much about history, about a culture. Germany is known for its grand cathedrals and ancient buildings, like the Cologne Cathedral. But most churches in Germany are modern and not so grand. This is a church in Ludwigshafen, most likely built some time in the 1950’s. It is a simple church and speaks to the post-war reconstruction of the 1950’s. Today it has lost it’s shine, but I wonder how the churchgoers must have been excited to be able to worship in a brand new church after the war. It must have meant a lot to them.
One of my first words was “clock”. Big clocks have always fascinated me since I was very little. A very early memory I have is my great-grandmother talking to me about her grandfather clock. Dali’s paintings with the melting clocks in them (Like the Persistence of Memory) also appealed to me – an interesting way to make a statement about time. I find myself looking at large clock and photographing them. I like the surreal nature of this picture. A clock suspended in the sky is unsettling.
I am not a fan of the architecture of the 1960’s and 70’s, in particular brutalism. That said, I do enjoy photographing it. The lines and stark shapes make for some excellent photos. This is a photo of the roof of the Staatstheater in Darmstadt, Germany. It opened in 1972, as the original building was destroyed in 1945. The architect won a national prize for the building. My only comment about it is that it looks very dated. But fun to photograph.