Berlin - An Abstract Exploration / by Lawrence Eagling

Berlin is one of my favourite cities; a bustling metropolis, brimming with amazing places to eat, drink and explore. Due to the variety of buildings, parks and people it is also a photographer’s dream location, from the sobering Berlin Wall and poignant memorials to relaxing open parks and stunning modern architecture. Having been fortunate enough to visit Berlin last year (see 'The Berlin Diaries' for my first trip to Berlin), I had already taken my primary list of shots to capture a sense of the city. So this time, I was keeping an eye open for more abstract images to highlight the beauty of this vibrant historical city. I was drawn back to the haunting shapes and raw atmosphere of the Holocaust memorial, but also in particular, signs of nature returning to industrialised and abandoned areas. This was particularly apparent in the Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände, where old train lines and working yards are being slowly reclaimed by nature, new growth over old industrial scars on the landscape, with trees growing through old tracks and rusting trains swallowed by living forests.

If you ever get the chance to experience Berlin I thoroughly recommend seeking out these places, to absorb the history and feel the modern change. Before I sign off for this week, I also need to thank my friends who endured my stopping to take photos constantly!

I hope you enjoy the photographs below and as always I really appreciate any comments or thoughts so please get in touch by email at, Instagram @lawrence_eagling or twitter @LawrenceEagling.