For those of us that now take and store our photos digitally, it might be hard to remember the days spent waiting to pick up much-anticipated vacation photos at the drugstore — anxiously crossing your fingers that they turned out. Like a wave of nostalgia, this feeling once again seized me at the Aydoo Sessions cyanotype workshop. Cyanotype is an analog photographic printing process that was first introduced in 1842, and what makes the development of photographs using this process unique, is that neither a dark room nor any of the harmful chemicals traditional film processing uses, are needed. Through the reaction with UV light, the negatives become extraordinary prints in cerulean and Prussian blue. It’s also possible to achieve different colors by toning a cyanotype using materials like coffee, for example. Sehera Nawaz, an expert in this field, shares her extensive knowledge about analog photography and cyanotype processing in her workshops. With her assistance, you will be able to create lasting vacation photos that almost include the very sound of the ocean waves. (Text: Verena Schwarz / Photos: Sehera Nawaz)
Wanting to escape my rural life in East-Westphalia for a while, I traveled to Berlin, only to end up in the countryside again. That’s right: in Klein-Mutz. The tricky thing about being in Berlin is that there’s always something going on but when the flurry of the city becomes overwhelming, luckily, an escape is close by. Those who crave quiet time and a vast sky with an endless horizon should set out to the charming Thomashof in the Ruppiner Seenland, located just 70 km outside of Berlin. It is here that the Thomas family restored an old stable and turned it into four bright and tastefully furnished vacation apartments. The original wooden beams give the rooms a cozy feeling and pay homage to what these buildings once were. The barn offers enough space for a party while other rooms are available for seminars. There is an on-site RV camping area and, right outside the door, are beds of wildflowers and gorgeous fields as far as the eye can see. Fresh eggs from the nearby chicken coop are offered daily — an added bonus. Recharging your batteries while taking an extended walk in the fresh fall air is certainly country life at its finest! (Text & Photos: Ann-Katrin Seibel)
Ann-Katrin Seibel has been living in Berlin since 2011, first in Neukölln, then Friedenau — where she has been for one year. When she’s not with her son walking through the streets of her neighborhood, she’s discovering the rest of the city and writing about life with a child on her blog.
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The sign of the Rahnsdorf train station stands just a few steps outside the forest. The tiny, rickety, ’60s-era street tram is there already, having been waiting for some time. The driver has already made his round: “Morning all, anyone without a ticket?” Two wooden doors close with a loud thunk. A jerk forward, and the train begins to rattle its way to Woltersdorf. The ride passes through a light-dappled forest, onto the Schleuse and then — the Flakensee. At the end awaits a handful of quaint cafes, two gorgeous lakes, a small observation tower, and a paddle boat rental shop. The tram seems like a piece of a bygone era, forever on an endless path between Berlin and Brandenburg and back. Like clockwork, it makes its journey over and over, always offering an empty space to those who long for nearby distant lands. (Text: Christian Metzner / Photos: Daniel Farò)
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Whether purses or porcelain, product designer and Brandenburg native Christian Metzner‘s perfectly proportioned creations appear almost ethereal. However, he’s in fact quite down-to-earth, and grounds himself by taking his quaint boat out on the water from his home base in Potsdam.
Berlin is great, but a warm summer’s day is calling for a trip to the countryside. Of all the lovely lakes in the vicinity, Schwielowsee is my favorite. You can take a swim, rent a boat, or use a stand-up paddle in the clear blue water of the shallow glacier snout lake. A great detour to take on this daytrip is to visit the scenic Caputh, which belongs to the city of Schwielowsee. The area was a favorite of Elector Friedrich Wilhelm von Brandenburg, who had a palace built here in 1662 as a present to his wife, Dorothea. The electress had the palace revamped in the Baroque style and made it her summer escape. In the basement, there’s a cross vault grotto with approximately 7,500 Dutch tiles. The perfect place to chill when it gets too hot outside — and fun to look at as well. The industrially painted tiles were hand finished, so some of the templates are colored incorrectly — a shepherd becomes a “snail-herd,” while a bunny appears to be a naughty fellow. Once you’re ready to get back to the real world, take a stroll in the beautiful garden designed by Peter Joseph Lenné. (Text & Photos: Helen von der Höden)
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Every year, there’s hype over Berlin’s best new secret lake to cool down in. Instead of following the crowds, I usually browse maps online and search for the “blue spots” that surround the city by the hundreds. However, if I want to go to a lake that’s not too far and easily reachable by tram or bike, I always end up at the perfect place for me: Habermannsee. The shore is dotted with plenty of great sunbathing areas, grassy spots for the grown-ups, and sandy beaches with a good stretch of shallow water for the little ones. When the weather is hot and the sun is shining, don’t waste time searching for a shoreside haven — just take your bike to Habermannsee. (Text: Sven Hausherr / Photos: Daniel Farò)