at home

Hilde – the ritual

there was an anual ritual in Hilde’s garden. the apple tree. Hilde loved her apple tree. since I was young this tree has been there. I used to climb in that tree to collect the apples for her. now this apple tree is the last remaining tree in Hilde’s garden.  year by year it has more fruits than the year before. Hilde still collected the apples every year

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Hilde – the journey

some weeks ago Hilde took us for a journey into the past. she found the old photo albums . since then Hilde is diving through the pictures. there are some funny ones of Franz and the „little kids“.  she found pictures of her 50th birthday, nearly 40years ago. some photos of uncle Herbert appeared, just after he married. nobody of us would have remembered him

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Hilde – the apple pie

autumn was a paradise. we were kids and every autum was a competition in our family. who’s making the best apple pie. everday apple pie for us. today there is no more competition since 20 years. Hilde liked to make apple pie in autumn

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kreuzberg tales XIV

these workshops in the backyards of Berlin always attracted me to look through the windows. my friend Norbert is a carpenter in my old neighbourhood Kreuzberg. and I like to watch him through his window, if I pass by. he does this fantastic handmade furniture I really like.  my apartment is much to small for all these things, but it’s fun to watch him

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Kreuzberg tales VII

today I run into bikefix the bicycle workshop of my friend Ali next door. disturbed him quite for a while. but I had to maintain the bicycles for the roadtrip next week. some years ago Ali started to work as a kind of social worker in the neighbourhood in a bicycle shop for kids

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Bikefix, Reichenbergerstr. 6, 10999 Berlin, Tel: 030. 66 40 26 65, http://www.bikefix-berlin.de


Kreuzberg tales IV

we took photos of their theatre play. my friends introduced me into the turkish culture of  Kreuzberg. we went into coffee shops, drunk tea, watched the time pass by, saw the kids dancing and listened to the band „Kannaks with brain“. now their kids already play theatre

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Kreuzberg tales VI

it’s to hot now. my neighbours are already all sitting outside and eating. everybody else is trying to escape to the water close by. using the old boats from the childhood again. even in this temperature tourist are still running around in the neighbourhood. No mercy!

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Kreuzberg tales X

we ran into the band from Lippetal playing under the subway station Warschauer Strasse in Kreuzberg. it was that evening. the thunderstorm came to Berlin. we ran away from the rain. they were cool and tried to play some songs from my hometown Cologne for me. we could offer them some likor from Hanoi/Vietnam. they became better

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Kreuzberg tales – Matto’s realm

for years my friend Hansi managed the bar next door.  „Matto“ was the name. after the book „in Matto’s realm“ by the swiss writer Friedrich Glauser. it must be the influence of that book, the drinker’s just came within that spirit.  we were living in „Matto’s realm „.  Matto  was ruling  us.  luckely Hansi closed the bar

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the days are over #001

it is along long time ago. first time he came in 1945. Boris Solotirevki was a jewish soldier in the red army. he fought for the liberation of Berlin.  we found his traces in the Reichstag. he came back

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Nicole

we know each other now for years. we grow up together. my sister Nicole. she managed everything at home for Hilde. now she’s alone in the house

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Kreuzberg tales VIII

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he’s the king of merguez! For sure!! I already gave up searching for a good butcher next door, till I stepped into his butchery. he recommended merguez. since than I’m addicted. every day around 14.00h he prepares fresh merguez


religion – the ceremony

they started in the total darkness. the priest had to use a flashlight to read. at 4.ooh in the morning they started to light the fire and brought the candle into the dark church. at 8.00h the priest started with the third liturgy

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religion in exile – ethiopian orthodox church

there was a different world behind the door. there was a secret to find. somewhere in the middle of Berlin

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religion in exile – greek orthodox church

I was searching. for years I tried to follow all the different religions. I stepped into every church crossing my way. finally I gave up

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the wind #002


the lost film

I knew it. over all the years I was sure. still the contacts sheets were there. for 25 years I was searching. they were gone. just the contact print remained. then Olaf found the pictures

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Kreuzberg tales – power in the darkness

for days they discussed the eclipse in the radio. the experts were afraid. today the moon came at 9.24h. the sun left. Kreuzberg was covered in darkness at 10.47h. the sun came at 11.53h. finally no powercut

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strong Hilde

 Hilde slept for four days in the hospital. today she woke up and started again. strong Hilde

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again in the forest

back in my forest. since I was young I like to go into this forest. deep in the forest I spent hours there watching birds, enjoyed to see the flowers growing. I was laying on the ground until I had to go back home. still this is my place. nothing changed since

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Hilde’s playtime

this is new. Hilde discovered the wooden blocks from our childhood to play with. she likes to organize the colours. the crystal clear sound of the blocks is more entertaining. until the late afternoon tea

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Hilde’s walk

every afternoon Hilde used to walk around the quarter. still she knows all the houses and the stories behind the gates. it was here area over all the years

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cologne – a day in the city

pffh. for weeks I tried to avoid this public madness in black, red and gold. just left home in the early morning hours. everybody became a football coach in black, red and gold. now it is over. finally. this collective dream for six weeks is finished. nothing changed

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Hilde’s toys

we used to play a  lot with this toys over the years, when we were young and constructed  our own futuristic world with this toys. Wilma found them and she introduced the toys to Hilde. Hilde is busy now to organize and construct her fancy new world. she has fun

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