Beside where the original #BerlinWall separated east and west Berlin, an abstract sculpture of clustered crowd control barriers serves as notorious symbolism representing the tumultuous inner political conflicts within former West Berlin. The sculpture is named 13.4.1981 and was designed by #OlafMetzel as a result of violent demonstrations that took place in the 1980s.
I guess I’ll take care
Nicknamed the “Caribbean of the Alps”, the emerald green color of #Grünersee is influenced by the surrounding mountains. During the spring, snow melts and trickles down directly into the lake, expanding it to 7x its size. The luscious color comes from the submerged vegetation and the crystal-like transparency is a result of melted snowfall from the previous winter. #themoreyouknow 🌈
someplace somewhere sometime
#StockImEisen , a midsection of a tree-trunk with hundreds of nails pounded in it has sat in the heart of #Vienna since the 1400s. Its true origin is widely speculated, with some stories stating that the medieval nails were a custom surrounded around gratitude for healing, and the hammered nails served as an offering similar to throwing coins into a wishing well. In the early 1700s, it was proclaimed to be the last remaining tree from an ancient forest which the city of Vienna was built on. Today, the spectacle sits enclosed in glass across from the #Stephansdom cathedral and remains a mystery.
one of the few pieces of horse armor left in the world
Built by an unknown architect, the double spiral staircase in #Graz is deemed the “stairs of reconciliation” for if you go in different directions, you will ultimately reunite. Built in 1438, the #doppelwendeltreppe has stood the test of time due to the remarkable amount of dexterity that went into the original engineering process.
Built in 1122, the #Riegersburg castle sits on top of a dormant volcano in #Styria #Austria . Receiving countless reformations throughout the centuries, it was not until the Baroness Katharina Elisabeth von Wechsler took control of the estate in the 17th century that it achieved its current identity. Known across the Styrian region as a strong willed woman in a male dominated society, van Wechsler upheld her legacy and her castle. During the Styrian witch hunts of 1673-1675, a handmaiden of the castle was accused of performing “bad weather sorcery” and was killed under the impression that she was a witch. Today, there are two museums on the estate, one honoring the famous women of the region and the other exploring the history of witchcraft and sorcery.
Astrology and alchemy were regarded as popular scientific fields of research in Renaissance Prague. This era gave the city a mystical reputation that persists to this day. Along with a magical atmosphere, throughout the cobblestone ridden streets linking gothic cathedrals to baroque architecture, is an ominous undertone representative of Prague’s dark history.
Being overlooked by the #StVitus cathedral, 1 of 30 #Baroque statues sits atop #CharlesBridge of #Prague . This statue is of saints Cyril and Methodius who were prominent Christian missionaries in the 860’s. The two brothers are known for creating an alphabet to transcribe holy scriptures of the Bible to contemporary Slavic language, helping spread Christianity throughout the area.
Nabburg of Bavaria Germany. A quaint little town that I could have lived the rest of my life without knowing about had we not pulled over. This is practically half of it in one photo. Nabburg is calm and seemed very close knit. Peculiar quirks, such as the colorful houses surrounding the church, gave the town liveliness on a gloomy day.
Radically differing from the surrounding conventional #Baroque architecture, the #KunsthausGraz exists as the contemporary art museum of Graz Austria. Employing a style known as blob architecture or #blobitecture , the amoeba-shaped building is nicknamed “The Friendly Alien” and stages contemporary art exhibitions from the 1960s-present day. I unlawfully walked up a couple hundred icy steps on the side of the #schlossberg to shoot this...🤷🏻♂️
The #DancingHouse in Prague is one of the few non-traditional buildings among the #Gothic and #Baroque architecture which the town is known for. Its style is known as #Deconstructivism and is meant to skew perspective and provide curvature by using different shaped pieces throughout. Also, the protruding windows were added to resemble windows in paintings. The architecture was built to represent movement and I shot this from a moving vehicle so all in all...a moving piece. Designed by #vladomilunić #frankgehry
Roof kids afraid to leave his roof
🇦🇹The capital city of Austria, Vienna, was probably the most “I’m not worthy” cities I explored. Walking around the area, I couldn’t help but feel that some reeeally crazy stuff went down here. Maybe it was the enormous statues of men fighting sea monsters with clubs etc. that did it for me...or maybe the fact that evidence of continuous habitation in the Vienna area dates back to 500 BC. Whatever it was, “The City of Dreams” definitely keeps your eyes busy and was a lot of fun to learn about. This photo is not the most exemplary of any of that but it says Vienna in there :) #SEEME
🇦🇹Graz, Austria is where I spent most of my time during the month I stayed in Europe. I feel like I was my most observant here. It snowed all day everyday and almost every photo shot was with a plastic bag-covered camera. It was a winter wonderland. Someone should write a song about that.
🇨🇿Prague (or Praha in Czech) is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic. I know that may be low-hanging facts for some of you but I did not know about Prague until going there on a whim. It’s magical, mysterious, and to be honest, kind of scary. Of all the places I explored and took photos, Prague quickly became my favorite. Often referred to as “The Golden City,” it looks like it came straight out of a fairytale. This photo was shot somewhere outside of Prague while we were lost. Left it is🌅
🇩🇪I’m trying to think of a caption for this and all I can think about is the Top Gun theme song “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin. “Talk to me Goose.”- @tomcruise
So I did a lot of walking around Europe recently and throughout the next several weeks, I’m going to post the photos gathered. With no real game plan, I just kept my eyes open and captured what caught my attention, for whatever reason. This led to shaping a collection of work that I think turned out to be pretty interesting. As a warning, things may get a little dark though. Anyways...
[31/31] We are small.
[30/31] The first transcontinental total solar eclipse in 99 years took place on August 21, 2017. Columbia SC was one of the most sought after destinations to travel in order to witness the spectacle.
[28/31] a portrayal of the hardships of street skateboarding.
[27/31] Once a booming heartbeat to Columbia SC’s economy, Richland Fashion Mall stagnates today as a symbol representing the struggle of staying relevant in a rapidly progressing digital age. Analysts predict a quarter of America’s estimated 1,200 enclosed malls have a significant risk of closing within the next 5 years. (Credit Suisse)
[26/31] In his Columbia SC home studio, Marvel artist @sanfordgreene speaks about his illustrative work on the progressively refined character Luke Cage. Cage was the second black comic hero at Marvel (behind #blackpanther ,) created during the peak of the Blaxploitation genre in 1972.
[24/31] Warren Edward Johnson, known under his artist name Blue Sky, is the sculptor of Busted Plug, a crooked fire hydrant sculpture in Columbia SC. Confronting uncertainties about the future of the 40-foot tall, 675,000-pound sculpture, Sky argues that these circumstances are "disheartening to art everywhere."
[23/31] Sherard Shekeese Duvall announces the next performer during the Love, Peace & Hip Hop festival. The admission-free block party on Main Street in Columbia SC pays homage to the roots of hip hop.
[22/31] Directly next to an ongoing lecture by KRS One, the album Edutainment by Boogie Down Productions sits atop turntables featuring the rapper/activist on the cover. A reoccurring theme in his music is racial profiling, drawing comparisons between contemporary police officers and slave overseers of the past.
[21/31] Legendary emcee KRS One speaks at Allen University in Columbia SC for Hip Hop Family Day on April 11, 2016. Considered a pioneer of the genre, he has given lectures at over 500 universities around the world - including Harvard, Yale, Oxford and Cambridge.
[20/31] Established in 1942, the Aiken Horse Trials garner thousands of spectators each year.
[19/31] Despite the weather conditions, protestors persevere to support the Columbia SC Sister March.
[18/31] During the Columbia SC Sister Women's March on January 21, 2017, a woman explains her motivations to a passerby. Internationally around 600 protests took place in support of the Women's March on Washington demanding transformative social change.
[17/31] Moments before presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I.Vt.) enters the stage during a rally on March 14, 2016 in Charlotte NC, a millennial uses Snapchat to share her experience with followers. Sanders's campaign brought a record-shattering number of young voters to the polls.
[16/31] Longest serving independent in congressional history @berniesanders bids his farewell as he turns around one last time.
[14/31] Responders leave the scene of Pulse nightclub in Orlando FL on June 13, 2016, a day after a shooter killed 49 people and wounded 58 others in a terrorist/hate crime.
[13/31] Thousands grieve at the Dr. Phillips Center on June 13, 2016 during a vigil honoring the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.
[12/31] Deep where the Blue Ridge Mountains hide, on a hike, I discovered a crashed Cessna 414A aircraft. The machine was on its way from Chicago, IL to Sylva, NC on November 24, 1983 and crashed due to unknown circumstances. The remains tell a story of unreached destinations and failed aviation.
[11/31] The morning of October 5, 2015, after homes were evacuated in Lake Katherine of Columbia SC, houses along with their belongings laid displaced and destroyed. Prior to the once-in-a-thousand-year flood, the majority of residents in the area had not considered flood insurance to be a viable necessity. Throughout the following year, homes –ones not even damaged from the flood- were sold for incomparably lower market prices. Today in 2018, prices have skyrocketed due to local builders gutting the properties and revitalizing them from the ground up. This process includes properties being raised significantly above the flood line.
[10/31] A man in transit climbs across flood wreckage on Augusta Rd. in Columbia SC after the record-shattering flood of 2015. South Carolina State Officials estimate a damage loss of 1.5 billion as a result of the 5-day storm.
[9/31] Rescuers escape floodwaters on October 5, 2016 during the most catastrophic flood recorded in South Carolina history.
[7/31] Confrontations turn physical during a Ku Klux Klan rally at the Columbia SC State House on July 18, 2015.
[4/31] During a ferocious blizzard that brought wind gusts of up to 50mph and wind chills near 20 degrees below zero, a man makes a daring trek through Camp Rosebud of Standing Rock. Despite this — even for North Dakota — unusual weather phenomenon, protestors refused to leave the camp.
[3/31] Upon the announcement that the Dakota Access Pipeline was to be rerouted, among celebratory reactions, groups of people adamantly remain hesitant of its validity in the face of a new administration.
[2/31] Standing Rock water protectors celebrate the announcement amidst a drum circle in the Oceti Sakowin camp.
[1/31] As the Army Corps of Engineers announce to reroute the 1,172 mile Dakota Access Pipeline on December 4, 2016, water protectors as well as newly arrived veterans come together in solidarity at Standing Rock.
From @irv_ing @bluetilesc