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Catching Up with Copenhagen Pt. 2

Our second full day in Copenhagen… we experienced a misty summer day, lots of bikes an outdoor urinal, Tivoli. But my favorite photo was of a broken safety glass window.

Broken Window, Copenhagen
Broken Window, Copenhagen

I actually converted this image to grayscale and made some big prints I’m pretty proud of.

When traveling (even with family) I’m still on the lookout for stock-worthy subjects. As such, I’m often stopping to photograph some strange subjects. In this case there was an outdoor urinal: no doors, no privacy. Fortunately nobody was peeing at the time!

Outdoor Urinal, Copenhagen
Outdoor Urinal, Copenhagen

I’m going to go rogue here and rant about two things. One, what’s up with these graffiti idiots? Graffiti is usually a scar on architecture and the built environment. But did somebody write their own name on this urinal? Or somebody else’s (guess that would make more sense!) I hope they washed their hands afterwords (eeewww!)

Rant 2/2 in general Europe is running circles around the US in terms of quality of life. But one human need is very poorly met everywhere I’ve been in Europe: toilets. It’s easy to find a public toilet in the US. Often they are free, and reasonably well maintained here. While Denmark and most of Europe have done a great job addressing the human condition with universal health care, welfare and the like, it’s nice to think at least we in the US are better about something 😉

So, the other thing that stands out in Copenhagen is cycling. Bikes are everywhere. Chained to fences without gaps seemingly for miles.

Bicycle Shop, Copenhagen (c) Michael Halberstadt
Bicycle Shop, Copenhagen (c) Michael Halberstadt

 

(all images and text (c) Michael Halberstadt)

Berlin, Berlin Keine Masken Keine Mauern Pt. 1

It was about a year ago, we returned from our family trip to Europe. I’m still working my way through the photos. Berlin holds a special place in my heart.

My Doc Martins, Berlin, Germany
My Doc Martins, Berlin, Germany

I had visited a divided Berlin for the first time in 1987. In fact, I took an old pair of Doc Martins that might have been on my feet on some of the very same streets in the 1980’s.

Ambulance, Berlin, Germany
Ambulance, Berlin, Germany

Though it was a family trip, I still try to shoot stock. Many of my photos would seem rather odd without taking stock photography into account.

Fashionable Hat Shop, Berlin, Germany
Fashionable Hat Shop, Berlin, Germany

Across from our crappy hotel (Hotel Alper, don’t go there) was this hip hats shop that made for some nice photos.

Soviet War Memorial, Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany
Soviet War Memorial, Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany

One of the first places I remember visiting in 1987 was this Soviet WWII memorial. One ironic twist was though the USSR occupied the Eastern part of Berlin, they controlled a few little spots in the west where this memorial in the Tiergarten lies.

Catching up with Copenhagen p1

Last summer my family and I flew into Copenhagen Denmark, traveled through Germany and flew out of Berlin.

Bike Friendly Copenhagen
Bike Friendly Copenhagen

Copenhagen was rich in urban texture. Bikes and bricks were everywhere.

Bike Friendly Copenhagen
Bike Friendly Copenhagen

Since there was a substantial time shift- I woke up very early one morning and opted to go photograph.

CopenhagenThe wet streets and gray skies lent themselves to the colorful lights of a closed Tivoli amusement park.

Copenhagen

Yup, you guessed it…..

Yup. You guessed it. It’s time for more photos of those adorable Google Self Driving Cars as seen on the streets of Silicon Valley.

Self Driving Car
Self Driving Car

Not that this has too much to do with things urban or texture. But I can’t help myself.

Self Driving Car
Self Driving Car

These are the latest (well, not the Chrysler hybrid minivan that’s been announced) two seat electric vehicles. Though they are, so far as I’ve read autonomous – California law forbids them from being driven without a driver who can hit the breaks if anything goes wrong.

Self Driving Car
Self Driving Car
Self Driving Car
Self Driving Car

Enjoy the photos (but please don’t steal them!)

Self Driving Car
Self Driving Car

A Rooftop Garden in Oakland

Oakland, California (Michael Halberstadt)
Kaiser Rooftop Garden – Oakland, California (Michael Halberstadt)

On a rooftop in downtown Oakland there’s a public garden that offers tranquility in an urban core. Built in 1963 the garden is open to the public and offers 3.5 acres of grass, trees, ponds and peace-and-quiet elevated above the hustle-and-bustle of central Oakland.

Oakland, California (Michael Halberstadt)
Kaiser Rooftop Garden -Oakland, California (Michael Halberstadt)

Prison Texture

Recently I got a quick most-expenses-paid trip to prison. I’m a pretty law abiding type of guy, so it’s not what you think. My brother and his wife purchased tickets to the Ai Weiwei exhibit on Alcatraz. Not a big surprise, but there’s some nice urban texture to be found there!

And it so happens that the Ai Weiwei exhibit was on at the time. That added a little color to the otherwise muted palette of the former prison.