BERLIN MITTE – Jörg Schmiedekind


Berlin Mitte project – Jörg Schmiedekind – Berlin, Germany


Denn oft ist das Gewöhnliche spektakulär genug = Because the ordinary is often spectacular enough.

Jörg Schmiedekind started painting at the age of 16. After copying surrealists masters like Magritte, Tanguy and Max Ernst he found interest in photorealism. While painting he was also photographing his hometown, which is nearly free of classical points of interest; he lately decided to take some of these photographs as pattern for photorealistic oil paintings on canvas.

That was the beginning of a serious occupation with cityscape photography, it was around 1983.

The following year Jörg went to Berlin to study architecture; since 1992  he’s working as an architect.
After wandering the city without a camera for many years,  in 2005 he decided that cityscape photography should enter his daily routine. He now carries around, most of the time, a Canon Eos 5d mark II.

As one can see in his photographs, gray and cloudy skies are his favorites, and that’s because of an homogenous tracing of all objects and of the possibility to act free with no restriction resulting from sunlight-direction.
He considers that in an ideal, and touching situation, beyond their everyday usage trivial objects could stand for themselves in a photograph, no people around.
Berlin Mitte is a work-in-progress that develops in a new city which has changed a lot in the last 20 years. Schmiedekind’s photography is not about documenting, although he considers that great jobs have been done along with some bad ones, but mostly a quest for interesting situation beyond architectural photography.
“This is my personal look on what’s happening in Berlin, putting so-called ugly things into an aesthetic context”.



“There’s a series of skies where I’ll pick a place on a map, like a Rand McNally map, and go to that place and photograph the sky. What’s in the photograph is not clouds, there’s no horizon line. There’s nothing in there. It’s really atmosphere, light. My idea was that the photographs become a Rorschachs. What gives it its conceptual meaning is the name of the place. Each of the places is keyed by where I took it.”

Richard Misrach

“Not since Alfred Stieglitz photographed clouds in the 1920s has a photographer made so much of the earth’s atmosphere and precious little else …. the results are as emotionally evocative as Stieglitz wanted his cloud “Equivalents” to be, and as purified of quotidian reality as any painting by Mark Rothko or Robert Motherwell.

NYT Book Review

Skies wider than imagination and colors that defy man’s memories: Misrach’s images are broadening the perception of the sky and giving it an identity. It’s the methaphor of a travel toward the quiet meditation, the impulse to fall in a Real image.

Michele Molinari

all images © Richard Misrach

buy The Sky Book

San Clemente es DIFERENTE

San Clemente is the first, in terms of distance coming from Buenos Aires, seaside resort on the Atlantic coast. Water is dirty and sand is even worst. Hotels are moldy and restaurants serve low quality food.

Well, so, sun is for free and photography still a pleasure. 🙂

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