Everyday Berlin

English below / Words & PH: MP

La semana pasada estuve de una punta a la otra intentando sacar fotos para practicar, por que el Domingo tengo un workshop para por fin, sacar fotos decentes. En una de esas salidas, me encontré con Tanya en Mitte, una amiga con la cual tenemos un proyecto que consiste en organizar “playdates” con los chicos que tuvieron que migrar de lugares como Afganistán, Siria e Irak por las razones que ya conocemos todos. Ya sé que este no es un blog para hablar sobre esas cosas, pero parte de mi vida en Berlin consiste en dedicarle tiempo y energía al proyecto. Lo que hacemos es simple: vamos y jugamos con los chicos en los diferentes centros de refugiados de Berlin. Ahora el sábado fuimos a uno en el barrio de Wilmersdorf donde viven 1000 personas esperando registrarse y que les asignen un hogar permanente.

A veces nos tocan escuchar historias que es imposible hasta imaginarte la situación: por ejemplo, el sábado dos chicas de Afganistán, de 8 y 12 años, nos contaron como vinieron caminando de su país, tardando 4 meses, y que acá estaban contentas por que no las perseguía el orden religioso, ni la guerra. No lo inventé, no lo soñé, me lo contó una nena de 8 años. Para que después acá se encuentren con comentarios hostiles de gente que deja mucho que desear. Imaginen, si esa chiquita a los 8 años cruzó un continente a pie, y te cuenta exactamente de qué escapó, a los 30 va a dominar el mundo sin miedo a nada, la hostilidad y la xenofobia creo que nunca van a poder con ella. Perdón por el rant, pero volví a mis actividades habituales en Berlin y quería compartir esto.

Volviendo a Mitte, es un distrito de Berlin muy central, plagado de cafés. Esta bueno, pero a veces se pasa de hipster. El martes que me junté con Tanya, hacía 1 grado en la calle, y la gente tomaba su café sentada afuera. Conclusión: acá tienen piel de acero. Yo obviamente estaba más que congelada. Saqué fotos del día gris y de algunas personas que me llamaron la atención, y que creo que captan el espíritu de Berlin. Además, aproveché por que siempre me encanta lo que se pone Tanya, y le saqué a ella. Lamentablemente con el frío no se luce su estilo ecléctico y divertido, pero obviamente cuando llegue la primavera la voy a volver a perseguir con la cámara.

Acá las fotos! soy principiante pero trabajando en eso!

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The past week I was roaming from one end to the other trying to practice my photography skills, as this sunday I have to attend a workshop to learn how to take proper photos. In one of those outings, I met Tanya, a friend with whom we have a project that basically consists on organizing playdates with the kids that had to migrate from places like Afghanistan, Syria and Irak for the reasons we all know. I know that this is not a space that usually talks about this stuff, but part of my daily life in Berlin is based on dedicating time and energy to the project. What we do is simple: we go and play with the kids in different refugee centers around the city. On Saturday we went to the one in Wilmersdorf where around 1000 people live waiting for registration and the assignment of a permanent home and the granting of asylum.

Their stories are unimaginable: for example, on Saturday, two girls from Afghanistan, 8 and 12 years old, told us how they walked from their home country. It took them 4 months and lots of pain, as they said, but here they were happy as there were no persecutions, nor political or religious. I didn’t make this up, I didn’t dream it, an eight year old told this to me in a casual chat. Then when arriving to Germany they have to meet hostile comments from people that really, don’t have the moral authority to. Just imagine, if that little girl at 8 crossed a whole continent by foot and could analyze what she escaped from, at 30 she will run the world without any fears, hostility and xenophobia don’t mean shit to someone that has seen it all at such early age. Sorry for this rant, but I am back to my every day activities, and I wanted to share them.

Back to Mitte, it is a very central district in Berlin, flooded by cafes that fight against each other about who makes the best coffee (100% organic). It is really cool, but sometimes a bit hipster. The past Tuesday I met Tanya there, and the thermometer was 1°C, and people were drinking coffee sitting outside. I’ll never understand this. I took some images of the grey day and some people that i felt captured the spirit of the spot. I also took the opportunity to snap a few shots of Tanya as I always like what she wears. Sadly, with the cold you cannot appreciate properly her eclectic style but as soon as spring hits the city, she’ll get chased by my camera again.

Scroll up for the photos! i’m still a beginner but working on it!

 

noshamejane

No shame in my game.

5 thoughts on “Everyday Berlin

  1. Lovely series of photos 🙂 Berlim looks amazing for shooting!
    Thanks for sharing the project you work on, it’s a shame those kids had that experience at such a young age… thankfully they have people like you to distract them of these memories…

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