German Souvenirs

After a breakfast coffee at the awesome Bean & Leaf Café I went to the Sunday flea market again. This time, to my surprise, I found some German items for sale. The first one I noticed was this helmet of the Freiwillige Feuerwehr. Kronberg is very close to Frankfurt and from the looks of the helmet it could be from the 40s or 50s.

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Then I found this record here which I think is kind of disturbing. To me vinyl records are something one would listen to for relaxation and I think I never saw a documentary vinyl disk before. It’s weird to imagine somebody having a nice cup of coffee on a Sunday afternoon and listening to “Hitler’s inferno vol. 2″.

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And then there was this hat of which I assume that someone brought it back from his “Europe Trip” back in the 40s…
If I saw this at a flea market in Germany I would think that the seller is some kind of fanatic idiot. Here I think of a story where someone had the chance to kill an SS officer (good job!) and then bring back the hat as a trophy.

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The Heidelberg Project

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Last weekend I spent the day driving around the city to explore some interesting places. My first stop was at the Heidelberg Project which is a neat alternative art installation in Detroit. Everything there was partially covered with snow which made it quite interesting.

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Thanks to the sunlight and the white snow I was able to test the electronic shutter of my X-T1 that came with the last firmware update (thanks, Fuji <3). You can configure it that when the physical limit of the mechanical shutter is reached at 1/4000 it automatically switches to the electronic shutter that can go up to 1/32000. So no need for an ND filter when shooting with open aperture in bright sunlight. That's pretty awesome.

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After that I just randomly drove through the city and found some interesting buildings and murals. Due to the cold outside I took most of the pictures “American style” (without leaving the car) :).

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Architecture in New York

Walking through the city I also took some pictures of the remarkable architecture.

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The city often shows hard contrasts between older (or older looking) buildings and very modern architecture.

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I enjoyed looking at all the skyscrapers and to wonder about the details of the architecture. What drives me crazy, though, is that these otherwise perfect and symmetrical buildings often have small flaws which nobody seems to fix. I mean what’s going on with that window on the top level of the tower below? Could somebody please fix that immediately?

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This is the Ground Zero Memorial:

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This is the recently rebuilt One World Trade Center. Again: Why, why, why do some of the windows look unlike the others? Please fix this.

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This building still seems to be under construction and it was partially hidden in the clouds when I took this picture. When it is done it will be second tallest (or tallest – depending on whom you ask) building in Manhattan.

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