After my recent journey into gloom, it’s time to bring back some clarity with a fresh perspective.
This is (again!) the Rocky Hollow Falls Canyon Nature Preserve in Turkey Run State Park, before sunrise and heat and people.
The rock formations are extreme, and so is the perspective, with 10mm this is as wide as it gets (even though Laowa has announced a 9mm lens…) for full frame cameras.
What’s the point? There is the effect, of course, which can be mind bending.
There also is the challenge. How do you avoid seeing something when everything is visible?
But foremost, there is the possibility of getting lost, in a picture, or in taking pictures.
In Alfred Döblin’s novel Berlin Alexanderplatz, the place of that name is being used to dramatically convey transformation: Franz Bieberkopf is traumatized by the changes it has undergone while he spent years in prison, and stands for the transformations he himself will undergo.
Döblin’s novel takes place in the 1920s, and Berlin has undergo dramatic changes since. After the destructions of the Second World War and the division of the city, it was no longer the single city center. The architects of the Eastern part weren’t insensitive, they kept the space open and repurposable.
Nearby churches were renovated and allowed other change to happen, later.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, many of the administrative buildings were taken down. The facade of the Palace of the Republic used to annoy the people of power with distorted reflections of the nearby cathedral. Not anymore.
Radically modern buildings show that transformation is still possible. This leaves hope for Franz’s children.
These here are my first shots with Samyang’s spectacular 10mm wide angle lens for 35mm cameras.
The first three pictures are from the government district in Berlin.
Almost everything becomes extremely compressed in width and pulled apart in depth.
It is a very satisfying experience to have to step closer when all other people step back to take a picture.
And the last three pictures are from Berlin Hauptbahnhof, the main train station.
This extreme lens forces the photographer to compose differently.