On Wednesday, April 8, I had some business to do in Berlins City. So I happened to visit Berlin Hauptbahnhof, the most busiest railway station in the town. It was nearly empty. To document this, I made a small video.
To me, this was impressive and disturbing at the same time.
While heading back home from Frankfurt to Berlin, I had to change trains in Hannover. From there to Berlin the distance is quite exactly 300km. Have you ever tried doing this on the infamous A2 Autobahn? It will usually take around three to four hours, often even more.
In comparison, the ICE train I’m currently in will do the same distance in less than ninety minutes.
The other day, I was driving with my girlfriend through Berlin Köpenick. Suddenly, this old tram crossed my way and I was able to capture this cool shot. I used such a tram myself back in the day when I was a kid.
Most people tend to think, that these trams were built in the 50s and 60s, but actually their origin is far older – the base is actually from the 1920s. These trams were built since the East-Berlin public transportation authority was not able to buy enough new trams back then.
So, everytime I see one of these, I actually see something originally built nearly hundred years ago.
4.46mm F/1.8 1/4673s ISO54
Google Pixel 2 XL, heavily filtered using Adobe Lightroom CC and Google Snapseed
The JU-52 airplane was one of the most successful planes before the Second World War. It is often referred to as “Tante Ju” or “Aunt Ju”.
24mm f/4 1/640s ISO3200, Canon 6d Mk I with Canon EF 24-105mm IS USM L-lens
It was brought into duty in 1932 and was built until the early 50s. German Airline Lufthansa selected the JU-52 as its main plane in the early 30s. As a speciality, this plane’s exterior was made from corrugated iron.
Last week, my family and I visited the Deutsche Technikmuseum in Berlin, a very interesting place. Here you can virtually stroll through history, you can experience trains, planes, cars, ships as well as photography or jewellery.
24mm f/4 1/2500s ISO800, Canon 6d Mk I with Canon EF 24-105mm IS USM L-lens
I uploaded many images into a gallery. Some of these pictures were already featured in my blog or my instagram account, most of them are not and perhaps won’t ever be.
Enigma was the German encryption system during the Second World War. The German were so proud of it, the were absolutely sure it was unbreakable.
24mm f/4.0 1/20s ISO8000, Canon 6d with Canon EF 24-105mm IS USM L-lens
But they were plain wrong.
The Polish had already understood, how Enigma worked and gave their knowledge to the British, which were able to build a huge machine (called “the bomb” ) to decrypt the catched sparking claims. Later, they got hand on the Enigma itself (by rushing into sinking submarines) and therefore were able to transcript and decrypt most of the German decryption systems throughout the whole war in Bletchley Park.
So, an Enigma was something very common (to the Germans) and something top secret at the same time. It was a perfect sample for engineering art and the way the Germans were biased with regards to their and their opponents’ abilities also at the same time. And finally, they never knew that they were hacked. That makes an Enigma a perfect symbol for German warfare at that time.
This particular picture was taken in the Technikmuseum in Berlin. A place worth a visit!
I recommend reading the book Cryptonomicon (Amazon US | Amazon DE) by Neal Stephenson if you want to understand the fundamentals and a lot of historical background with regards to Enigma, Bletchley Park and Alan Turing.