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Clare Breheny Photography » London based people photographer specialising in beautifully relaxed home newborn photography and baby photography in your home.

Museum Island - A reflection in the Spree River


I was treated to a weekend in Berlin to celebrate my big three-oh (dear!)

What a fantastic city to photograph – history, great architecture, the contemporary art scene, inspiring galleries and really friendly people.


Berliner Dom, Museum Island

The highlight for me was the dome at the Reichstag designed by Norman Foster. It was an amazing structure – you could see right down into the plenary chamber of the German parliament. Not only is the architecture awesome but the audio guide provided a great panoramic tour of the city as you spiral up the dome (and it’s free!!)

Norman Foster's Dome at The Reichstag

We visited the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, completed in December 2004. Its stark nature left me very cold – perhaps fitting for its purpose.



Memorial to the lost Jews


I also enjoyed visiting Tacheles – a derelict building covered in graffiti, home to artists working and exhibiting in the space. A new twist on our typical art galleries, I found it particularly interesting having just written for my Masters course on the influence of the institution of the museum and gallery on today’s art world…


Tacheles



Tacheles stair well


The “East side gallery” is a remaining part of the Berlin wall where artists are welcomed to paint a section.


East side gallery


There’s a real variety of themes going on. Here’s my favourite….


East side gallery painting


In contrast, the Hamburger Bahnhof gallery was a typical white cube space but with less than typical works of art! It really did push the boundaries of modern art, including a video of a man continually screaming (!). For me, seeing Warhol’s Mao was a real treat. Naively, having only seen it on the internet previously, I had no idea how big and imposing it would be and as I used to pass the picture of Mao in Tiananmen Square on my way to work in Beijing it brought back many memories of communist China.


Mao by Warhol


And finally just a few more shots for the tourists amongst us…


Alexanderplatz



Brandenburg Gate




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  • Tania Ferreira - I really like what you have done with the colour in these pictures. Berlin is a fab city and has some great colourful (and some less colourful!) bits which you have really captured.

  • Caroline Felce - Absolutely loving the Berlin pictures, i took loads of the graffiti when i was there but yours look a million times better than mine!

  • admin - Thanks – glad you like them!
    cx

  • Jo Strawbridge - Clare, such an amanzing array of wonderful photos! I particularly like Museum Island photo in Berlin and how you’ve captured it as a reflection.

  • naina - The image of Foster’s glass dome will be published in a book one day. It’s perfect.


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  • Catherine Boyle - Absolutely beautiful photographs Clare. Especially love the Berlin ones as we’ve just come back. Barely recognisable as it was under about 3 foot of snow when we were there but your photos capture a completely different side – stunning! Cx

  • Vikas Verma - All images are amazing Clare, my fave being ‘Norman Foster’s Dome at The Reichstag’, have seen images of this before but never captured like that! Truly brilliant!

    Vikas

  • admin - Thanks – means a lot from a pro like you!
    Cx