Sweet Banality of the Urban Landscape
April 2020, the first ever Covid-19 Lockdown in Berlin, I scoured my neighbourhood Berlin Kreuzberg/Neukölln and documenting the streets with a still camera. The area is normally buzzing, yet this time the streets were surreally empty (like many other cities during this period). Kreuzberg/Neukölln are known for their funky personalities, little bars, cafes, artisan shops, produce and second hand markets, as well as a riverbank where people flock to when the sun is out.
From April to August 2020, I was out almost daily taking pictures from 2pm till the dark sets in. I took around 20,000 pictures during this period.
As an amateur photographer, I am intrigued by these pictures. They are not the typical streets photography. The absence of people revealed the streets' silent witnesses, such as walls, windows and objects.
I feel joy when taking photographs, it has become a tool like brushes and paints for me now. I aim to make a series of books out of my photographs one day.
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(Sweet Banality, 2020 - Present)