Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind


I’m off to Berlin, Monday. For my American readers that’s Berlin, Europe not one of the many Berlins that happen to be in the USA. Just for added interest I’m now starting with a cold. I can feel the early stages coming on. Just what I really want. Which brings me to my state of mind. At the moment I’m not exactly in the mood to consider going out at night to photograph magnificent structures like the Brandenburg Gate.

Brandenburg Gate

No, maybe I’ll just stick to Street Photography this trip.

After intensively exploring many genres over the last 30 plus years I have, in recent years, focused on Street Photography as an outlet for my photographic energies. Street Photography is somewhat of a misnomer as it can be practiced anywhere people are photographed in the environment in which they are found. For some, myself included, being a photographer is as much a state of mind. – Michael Dubiner

But there again, when there are other magnificent monuments in the city, it would be too good an opportunity to miss. Look at the Soviet War Memorial in the Tiergarten which I photographed just before sunset. That setting sun really highlights the gold lettering

Soviet War Memorial

And what about the area around the Europa Centre, with the ruins of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, which was destroyed in 1943, and new modern church right beside it.

Europa Centre

Right, that’s it for this week. I’ve just found out that my ultra-modern hotel does not offer free Wi-Fi. Would you believe it in this day and age? So it looks like I might be dark until the end of this week. Roaming costs in Europe are still horribly expensive, especially for data.

Here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge;

Mainline_Matter Matchless State Of Mind
Inspired And When The Fog Lifted…
Carto’s Logbook State Of Mind — Boy & Girl
Julia’s Odyssey State of Mind – WPC
STREET-PHOTOGRAPHY – COLLAGE state-of-mind
Lonely Travelog State of Mind
Julie Powell – Photographer & Graphic Artist WPC – State of Mind
Maria Jansson Photography State Of Mind
Laidig’s Broadway Waste of Mind-
Half a photograph Cheery

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12 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

    • Mike Hardisty March 4, 2016 / 16:40

      Thank you Jon, I’m glad you liked them. Went past that fountain this week. No water, they’re busy renovating it

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  1. theresagreen February 29, 2016 / 23:29

    Powerful images, particularly like the one of the War Memorial.

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    • Mike Hardisty March 4, 2016 / 16:42

      At one time you couldn’t get near that as it was guarded by Soviet Soldiers, Theresa. But since the wall came down all that has changed. This is the smaller of the two memorials, There’s another big one in the east of the city

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  2. petspeopleandlife March 1, 2016 / 03:15

    These are really great. The war memorial’s gold lettering is truly beautiful. I think you posted that before or maybe one similar. I hope you’re ok with the cold. Get some Golden Seal and Echinacea. These boost the immune system.

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    • Mike Hardisty March 4, 2016 / 16:43

      False Alarm, Yvonne. All the symptoms but no cold. Maybe my body is just getting good again at fighting of viruses, all that mountain air. I have posted that memorial before in a previous post.

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  3. Patti Küche March 1, 2016 / 18:10

    Fabulous shots, glorious colours Mike and hope feeling better soon. Also happy street shooting when you get out and about!

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    • Mike Hardisty March 4, 2016 / 16:37

      Just got back Patti, Berlin has always been an amazing city for me. I lived in the west for three years, way back when. It was nice to see some new sights and now I’m more confident about photographing people in the streets I think I’ve got a few good ones. I just need time to look at them, but I’m on a street-walk tomorrow in Liverpool so it will be next week before I finally get around to it.

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  4. claidig April 29, 2016 / 21:41

    Very belated, but thank you for the pingback. Great photos, especially the last one – the colours are spectacular!

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    • Mike Hardisty April 30, 2016 / 08:21

      Thank you for taking the time to comment and I’m glad you liked the photographs

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