Schlagwort-Archive: Sehenswürdigkeit

Hausboot im Treptower Hafen

Ein blaues Hausboot

Bild von Marianne, Beschreibung von Sandra

Das horizontal fotografierte Bild erzählt den Betrachter_innen von einer alternativen Lebensform und von Hausbootromantik. Im Zentrum des Bildes ist eines der im Treptower Hafen liegenden Wohnschiffe zu sehen. Im oberen Bilddrittel zeichnen sich feine Konturen weißer Wolken ab; hier und da schimmert zartes Blau durch die helle Wolkendecke. Das Wasser ist in Bewegung, wodurch die Spiegelung des Hausbootes im unteren Drittel des Bildes sich etwas verschwommen abzeichnet. Links unten im Eck verläuft eine Rosenhecke mit weißen Knospen bis zur Mitte des unteren Bildrands und lässt so das Flussufer ausmachen. Dass in hellem Blau gestrichene Hausboot mit seinen ca. 20 Metern Länge, zieht sich mit kleinem Abstand zum linken und rechten Bildrand über die waagrechte Bildachse; Heck und Seite sind zu sehen, während der Bug zur Spreemitte zeigt. Das Heck des Bootes ist überdacht, ein Fahrrad scheint unter dem Dach zu schweben; drei weitere parken vor den zwei „Haustüren“. An der Bordwandseite befinden sich insgesamt sieben Fenster. Die zwei Fenster auf der höheren Bootsmitte sind größer, tragen oben einen Rundbogen und sind durch ein Fensterkreuz in zwei kleine und zwei große Fensterflügel aufgeteilt.
Auf der Überdachung des Hecks beginnt der Dachgarten mit mediterranem Flair. Es sind zwei Körbe mit roten Blumen zu sehen – womöglich Geranien. Daneben ist ein weißer Kübel, der mit einer Zucchinipflanze bepflanzt scheint. In einem Tontopf daneben dürfte Rosmarin wachsen. Das Flachdach des Hausbootes erscheint wie eine riesige Dachterrasse auf drei Ebenen; die Ebene der Bootsmitte liegt höher. Auf der Ebene die direkt an die Überdachung des Hecks anschließt, sind wiederum viele Töpfe mit unterschiedlichen Pflanzen zu sehen. Ein großer Oleander und ein Jasmin dürften darunter sein. Die Dachterrassenebene auf der Bugseite ist mit einer Solaranlage überdacht. Eine Lichterkette mit bunten Kugeln zieht sich an den Seiten des Daches entlang. Eine blau gestrichene Bank und eine Pflanze in einem Tontopf – womöglich ein Kirschlorbeerstrauch – sind zu erkennen. Am Sicherheitsgeländer lassen sich gerade ein paar Kleidungsstücke von der Sonne trocknen und an einer der Dachstützen scheint eine Kapuzinerkresse zum Dach hoch zu klettern. Obgleich der Einblick auf diese Dachseite des Bootes sehr gering ist, ist nicht schwer zu erahnen wie bezaubernd dieser Ort zum Beispiel in einer lauen Sommernacht sein mag. Von einem Leben auf dem Wasser wird vielleicht nicht Jede_r träumen; dass diese Lebensform von einer besonderen Romantik erzählt, dürfte jedoch bei vielen Betrachter_innen dieses Bildes angekommen sein.

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Villa Oppenheim von Katrin Dinges

STATUS: SCHON BESCHRIEBEN Das Eingangsportal der Villa Oppenheim Bildbeschreibung von Fränz

Wir stehen auf dem Vorplatz der Villa Oppenheim in Charlottenburg. Hinter uns erstreckt sich der zur Villa gehörende Park mit seinen saftig-grünen Wiesen und hohen Bäumen. Der Vorplatz besteht aus kleinen Pflastersteinen, durch die der eine oder andere Grashalm lugt. Man kann sie mit der Spitze des Tastlangstocks gut spüren, aber auch leicht dazwischen hängen bleiben. Der Eingang zur Villa liegt einen Meter höher als dieser Vorplatz. Vor der etwa einen Meter hohen, roten Mauer, die bis zur Eingangsebene reicht, steht eine weiße Sitzbank. Die weiße Farbe hebt sich schön von den roten Backsteinen der Mauer ab. Dieser Kontrast zieht sich durch das gesamte Bild. Hinter der Bank erkennt man ein quadratisches, grünes Schild, auf dem in der Mitte weiße Strichmännchen abgebildet sind. Aus den oberen Ecken des Schildes zeigen zwei Pfeile Richtung Mitte. Auf der Mauerkrone ist ein eisernes Geländer befestigt. Dessen Stäbe haben jeweils ungefähr zehn Zentimeter Abstand. Hinter diesem Geländer erstreckt sich der Eingangsbereich. Hier fallen als erstes die vier großen, weißen Säulen ins Auge, die einen Balkon oberhalb des Eingangs tragen. Die beiden Mittleren Säulen sind rund, die äußeren quadratisch. Rechts und links von diesen Säulen erkennt man jeweils einen Teil eines Fensters mit weißem Rahmen und einen Teil der roten Fassade der Villa. Außerdem erahnt man die Treppen, die zum Eingangsbereich führen. Vor kurzem sind wir erst die Treppenstufen hinauf gegangen, um unsere Führerin zu begrüßen und nach der Taschenabgabe wieder hinunter, um im Angesicht der Fassade die ersten historischen Informationen über das Gebäude und Gelände zu erhalten. Zwischen den beiden mittleren Säulen befindet sich die Eingangstür, die vom Boden bis zur Decke reicht. Es ist eine doppelte Falttür mit weißem Rahmen und großen Fenstern. Durch die geöffnete linke Seite der Tür und die Fenster erkennt man im Inneren des Gebäudes eine große runde Schirmlampe. auf beiden Seiten neben der Tür sind große Fenster. Auch diese haben weiße Rahmen und sind unten in zwei lange hohe und oben in fast quadratische Fenster eingeteilt. Von der Decke dieses Foyers hängt links und rechts vor den beiden Fenstern jeweils eine runde weiße Lampe herunter. Auf dem Balkon darüber befinden sich als Verlängerung der Säulen weiße, quadratische Blöcke. Zwischen diesen erstreckt sich ein eisernes, verschnörkeltes Geländer, das an Jugendstil erinnert. Dahinter sowie rechts und links daneben erkennt man noch einen kleinen Teil der für Berlin typischen roten Backsteinfassade. Auf der Höhe des Balkons ist außerdem noch ein kleiner Teil von drei Fenstern zu sehen. Auch diese haben einen weißen Rahmen. Rechts und links vom Balkon ist ebenfalls je ein Fenster zu sehen. Dieses liegt jedoch ein wenig tiefer, so dass man auch den oberen Teil des Fensters erkennen kann. Der obere Teil der beiden Fenster ist abgerundet. Beim Betrachten des Bildes fällt sofort der Kontrast zwischen den weißen Säulen, den weißen Fenstern und der weißen Bank auf der einen und der roten Backsteinfassade sowie der roten Mauer auf der anderen Seite ins Auge. Beide Farben heben sich deutlich von der grünen Umgebung des Parks ab. Auch die Säulen haben gegensätzliche formen: Außen quadratisch und innen rund. Andererseits gibt es sowohl auf der Eingangsebene als auch auf dem Balkon darüber ein ähnliches geländer, die fensterformen sind auf beiden Ebenen ähnlich und es befinden sich auf beiden Stockwerken Teile der quadratischen Säulen. Auch sind die unterschiedlich geformten Säulen symmetrisch angeordnet. Diese wiederholung einzelner architektonischer Details oder spiegelbildliche Anordnung vermitteln durchaus den Eindruck eines harmonischen Ganzen. Der Fotografin prägt sich dieser Eindruck auch aus der Umgebung ein: Einerseits ist da der akustische Kontrast zwischen der vielbefahrenen, lauten Straße an der U-Bahn-Station Sophie-Charlote-Platz und der überraschenden Ruhe auf dem weitläufigen Gelände einerseits und andererseits die Harmonie, die dieses altehrwürdige Haus zwischen Bäumen und Sträuchern dieses geschichtsträchtigen Ortes. Insgesamt haben wir hier also einen Kontrast, der den Eindruck von Eintöinigkeit vermeidet und ein harmonisches Ganzes, dass den zu starken Bruch der Widersprüche abmildert. Während der Führung erfahren wir etwas über die harmonischen Anfänge und späteren dramatischen Umbrüche der Geschichte des Hauses und der darin enthaltenen Sammlung. Bedenkt man diese Umstände, kommt man zu dem Schluss, dass die Architektur des Gebäudes seine bewegte Geschichte sehr treffend wiederspiegelt. BILD UND TEXT ENTSTANDEN IM RAHMEN UNSERES FOTOSEMINARS FÜR BLINDE.

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Orientalischer Garten

Ein steinerner Hof von einem arabisch aussehenden Säulengang aus gesehen
Auf dem Weg durch die Gärten der Welt gelangen wir in den orientalischen
Garten. Der gesamte Garten ist von einer Mauer umringt und würde man
von oben drauf schauen, sähe man ein Quadrat, welches von vier lang
gezogenen Springbrunnen, welche auf einen Pavillon in der Mitte des
Gartens zulaufen, getrennt wird.
Das Foto ist entstanden, als die Fotografin links vom Eingang unter einem
Säulengang Zuflucht vor dem Lärm gesucht hat. Sie steht
also unter diesem Säulengang und blickt den Gang entlang. Man erkennt
eine der Ecken des großen Quadrates. Da die Sonne nicht komplett in
den Säulengang hinein scheint und dieser somit im Schatten liegt, ist
die linke Bildhälfte etwas dunkler als die Rechte. Am linken Bildrand
erkennt man die Mauer, die den ganzen Garten umfasst. Die obere Hälfte
der Mauer ist beige, während die untere Hälfte mit blauen, weißen und
orangefarbenen Mosaiksteinen, welche zu blumenartigen Mustern
zusammengefügt sind, verziert ist. Die beiden Hälften werden von einer
hellbraunen steinernen Bordüre, in die Muster gemeißelt wurden,
getrennt. Auch der Boden unter dem Säulengang ist mit größeren blauen
und weißen Mosaiksteinen belegt. Am Ende des Ganges erkennt man einen
kleinen Trinkbrunnen, auch dieser ist mit blauen und weißen Steinen
verziert. Um den Brunnen herum erstreckt sich nach oben ein hellbrauner
steinerner Schrein, welcher an die Bordüre an der Mauer erinnert. Die
Decke besteht aus Holzdielen, sie wirkt aufgrund der Schatten allerdings
fast schwarz.
Das Foto wird in der Mitte von den Säulen, die mit Bögen verbunden
sind, getrennt. Zu sehen sind sechs Bögen, wobei die erste Säule nicht
komplett abgebildet ist. Die Säulen sind identisch: sie sind mit
blauen und weißen Steinchen versehen, welche schachbrettartig
angeordnet sind. Da die Sonne auf die Säulen scheint, setzen sie sich
heller vom dunkleren inneren des Ganges ab. Den Übergang zwischen
Säule und hellbraunen Bögen bildet ein sandsteinerner Absatz. Dieser
ist mit einem Muster, welches an
Eulenaugen und -schnäbel erinnert, verziert. Insgesamt erinnern die Säulen, der Übergang und der Anfang der Bögen an ein Totem, da die drei Teile, ähnlich wie bei einem Totempfahl, verschieden und aufeinander gebaut sind.
Die rechte Bildhälfte ist hell undnd klar erkennbar. Außerhalb des
Säulenganges ist der Boden mit grauen, vom Regen und der Sonne
verfärbten Steinplatten belegt. Im Hintergrund verläuft die Mauer
weiter um den Garten herum. Den eigentlichen Garten mit den gut
duftenden Blumen sieht man leider nicht. An der Mauer lehnt eine braune
Sitzbank, die sich farblich schön von den blauen und weißen Steinchen
an der Mauer absetzt. Über die Mauer ragen Äste mit saftig-grünen
Blättern, durch welche der hellblaue Himmel durchblickt, empor.
Dadurch, dass der Garten von einer Mauer umgeben ist, hat man das Gefühl, ganz für sich in diesem schönen Garten zu sein, begleitet nur vom plätschernden Geräusch der Springbrunnen.
Foto von Katrin Dinges,
Bildbeschreibung von Fränz Reuter
Beides entstanden in unserem Fotoseminar für Blinde

Dank an die Gärten der Welt!

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Fußballstadion

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Hallo, ich bin ja wirklich begeistert, dass es diese Internetseite gibt. Ich würde mich freuen, wenn Sie mir ein Foto beschreiben könnten. Zugegeben, das Foto ist nichts außergewöhnliches, aber es hat für mich einen persönlichen Wert. Vielleicht wären Sie ja so nett und würden das für mich beschreiben. Ich habe zur Zeit keine Sehende person in der Nähe, die das für mich übernehmen könnte.
mit freundlichen Grüßen
Pauline Rohn

Ein großes modernes Fußballstadion aus der Vogelperspektive

liebe Pauline,

dein Foto zeigt ein hochmodernes Fußballstadion. Es ist mit Flutlicht hell erleuchtet, in der Mitte sieht man den hellgrünen Rasen. Der Winkel ist etwas ungewöhnlich. Der oder die Fotografin steht ziemlich hoch auf der Tribüne und hat eine Totale des Stadions geschossen. Wir schauen auf eine Ecke des Spielfeldes herunter. Dort steht eine kleine gelbe Eckfahne. Die Tribünen sind eher locker besetzt und quasi gestreift, da sich immer ca. 20 dunkelgraue und 20 gelbe Sitze abwechseln. Am dichtesten besetzt ist die Schmalseite gegenüber, dort gibt es sogar ein paar Fahnen und Transparente. Ganz oben darüber, direkt unter dem Dach kann ich gerade noch lesen: „Gelbe Wand. Südtribüne Dortmund.“ Über der anderen Ecke, diagonal einmal übers Spielfeld hängt eine große Übertragungsleinwand, die im Foto aber nur weiss erscheint. So weit ist sie entfernt. Auf dem Spielfeld ist zur Zeit kein Spiel im Gang. Es gibt eine Mannschaft in schwarz und eine, die dunkelblaue Trikots und hellblaue Hosen trägt. Auffällig ist, daß  extrem viele Bälle auf dem Feld sind. Und auch mehr Spieler, als beim eigentlichen Spiel. Offenbar spielen sich die Spieler warm. Die schwarze Mannschaft im hinteren und die blaue im vorderen Teil des Rasens. Zehn Spieler der blauen Mannschaft bilden genau in der Mitte ihrer Hälfte einen großen Kreis und ein Mann mit Jacke gibt ihnen scheinbar Anweisungen. In jedem der zwei Tore steht ein Torwart. Neben dem der Blauen macht ein Spieler Dehnübungen, ein anderer hat  eben aufs Tor geschossen. Der Torwart hält noch den Ball. Ein anderer Mann mit Jacke beobachtet die beiden. In der Hälfte de schwarzen Mannschaft verteilen sich die Spieler und machen Übungen mit dem Ball. Auch hier gibt es mehrere Männer mit Jacke und langer Hose. Am rechten Spielfeldrand direkt am Absperrgitter stehen ziemlich viele Leute und beobachten die Spieler.

Soweit wohl eine ganz normale Routinesituation im Stadion kurz vor einem Spiel. Was mir allerdings beim Zoomen noch aufgefallen ist: In der Hälfte der schwarzen Mannschaft, dicht am Mittelkreis, steht eine Person, die weder wie ein Spieler, noch wie ein Trainer aussieht. Sie ist schwarz gekleidet mit langen Hosen. Ich habe sie lange für einen Spieler der schwarzen Mannschaft gehalten. Sie ist aber von der Statur her eindeutig eine Frau und trägt auch keine Fussballkleidung. Oder gibt es Trikots mit großem Ausschnitt? Ausserdem wendet sie ihren Blick in Richtung der blauen Mannschaft. Etwa acht Meter von ihr entfernt läuft ein Spieler der Blauen in langen Hosen hinter einem Ball her. Ich könnte mir denken, dass sie eine Bekannte des Spielers ist, die aus einem bestimmten Grund mit auf dem Feld ist.

Leider sind die Personen auf dem Feld im Bild sehr klein und ich habe unsere Hauptperson nur mit dem Zoom entdeckt. Das Spielfeld nimmt insgesamt nur gut ein Viertel des Fotos ein. Der Rest zeigt die Tribünen und die beeindruckenden Stahlträger der Dachkonstruktion. Es war mir aber ein Vergnügen, in deinem Foto unerwartet ein Rätsel zu entdecken.

Katrin Heidorn

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Maria in Berlin II

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Und noch ein weiteres Bild von Maria auf Berlinbesuch mit der Bitte um Beschreibung. Hier mit ihrer Freundin Susanne vorm Berliner Dom.

Zwei Frauen vor dem Berliner Dom

(c) Marco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture description by Ulrike:
The second picture is taken in the portrait format as well and you and your friend are standing close to the Cathedral of Berlin. You are not really standing in front of the building – you are standing on a sidewalk to the left of the building and about 100 yards from the building. The two of you are in the very front of the picture and again, nobody is close-by and you both stick out, which is also due to the fact that there is not much color in the picture, but I will get to that. You are both standing close to each other and slightly turned towards each other to where you and Susanne together would probably look like the letter V from above. Looking at the picture, you are standing on the right and Susanne on the left, both of you are looking at the photographer and you are wearing the same outfit as in the first picture. (I hope it is alright if I just copy and paste the description of what you are wearing). You are wearing black pants, they look like jeans, but it is really hard to tell if they are jeans. You are also wearing dark green (I believe the technical term is forest) shoes that look like Mary Janes and that have black toes. Your shirt is a dark salmon color, the scarf is a bit lighter and matches your shirt. There is a black strap on your left shoulder, and this time I can tell that it does indeed belong to a purse, as the purse is dangling beside you and you are holding it back with your left hand. The silver watch you are wearing is visible and you are still wearing your glasses with a reddish (or brownish, it is still really hard to tell) frame. Again, your left knee is slightly bent and your feet are less than the width of one foot apart from each other. It looks like most of your weight is on your right leg as the left one is not as far back as the right one. It also looks as if the heel of your left leg is not completely on the ground, but I could be wrong – you are standing on cobblestone and it is hard to tell. I realized later that I forgot to describe your hair in the first picture – your hair comes down to your chin and your bangs are combed to the side. I would describe your color as chestnut (not sure if you dye your hair, which is why I am telling you your hair color).
Your friend Susanne is about two inches shorter than you and she is standing sideways to the photographer and has turned her upper body towards the person taken the picture. Her left leg is almost completely covered by her right leg, only the upper part of her thigh and the front of her shoe is showing. Susanne is wearing white sneakers with light grey soles, medium gray pants that, judging by the seams, are jeans. She is wearing a greenish-turquoise-ish  t-shirt with a round neck. There is a drawing of a small island with a palm tree on it and some water around it – I would estimate that the entire picture is about the size of a grown woman’s hand. The leaves of the palm tree are dark green, the island is a very light brown, suggesting that the island consists of only sand and there is a total of five waves, the one closest to the island is light blue, the one next to it is a darker blue, followed by a light blue one and then the pattern repeats itself once more. Around her waist, Susanne has tied a blue sweat jacket and the sleeves are hanging down in front of her. The color of the sweat jacket is a bit lighter than navy blue. Susanne has a black backpack on her back and the strap on her right shoulder is visible. She is wearing a necklace and it looks like the necklace is made of red pearls. There is a space between the pearls, but I can’t tell what is keeping them in place. As far as the length of the necklace is concerned, I would estimate that it comes down to her collarbone, but not much further. Susanne has a button on her left shoulder, it looks like the yellow button with the three black dots, but it is hard to tell. She is holding a white can in her right hand. The cane has a light brown top and Susanne’s hand is about two inches below the very top of the cane. There is a black, rather sturdy, string coming out of the very top of the cane. The string is lying on Susanne’s hand. Underneath the brown handle, there is a black strap hanging down and right underneath it, it looks as if a red stripe has been painted on the stick. A white hemisphere is attached to the bottom of the cane. Susanne is smiling at the camera, her eyes are closed and her upper teeth are showing. She is wearing glasses with a thin dark (black?) frame, her hair is dark blond and not quite shoulder-length, I would estimate that it is about two inches longer than yours. Her hair is not exactly parted in the middle, the part is a little to the right and her bangs are all on the left side, out of her face.
As I said, the two of you are standing on cobblestone. It is a very wide cobblestone sidewalk (probably twice as wide as a regular one, but it is hard to tell because it is not entirely pictured, the curb next to the street is not in the picture (neither is the street), but the part of the sidewalk that is actually pictured suggests that the sidewalk is very wide. There is a line made of concrete running down the middle of the sidewalk. The line is about one and a half times the length of your foot and it looks as if it was poured to help people who can’t walk on cobblestone. Your left foot is right next to this line. The sidewalk leads to the left side (if you are facing the building) of the Cathedral and it looks as if it leads past the building as well, but again, it is hard to tell.
To your left, the sidewalk runs along a little wall, which come up to about half of your lower leg. The wall is made of gray flagstones and it consists of two of those flagstones – the first flagstone is about 12 inches high and 40 inches long. The second flagstone is lying on top of the first one and is about 6 inches high. It looks as if the two flagstones are the same size and as if the one on top was put there as to form a type of bench where people can sit on (or walk on). The wall runs along the sidewalk and behind the wall, there is grass. It is hard to tell where the patch of grass ends, but I have looked at some pictures on the internet and am able to tell you that the lawn is as wide as the Cathedral is long. Behind you and Susanne, about half way towards the Cathedral, a man walks his dog. He is walking away from you and he is wearing dark shoes (I can’t tell what kind), blue jeans, a dark gray jacket with light gray patches on the elbows. There is a stripe on top of the jacket that goes from shoulder to shoulder and comes down to about his shoulder blades. The stripe is the same light gray as the elbow patches. He has white hair (it looks as if there’s a bald spot on the back, but I am not sure). His left foot is on the ground, his right foot is behind him and up in the air. He is looking slightly to right and holding a red leash. His dog is black, about knee-high and it is not wearing a regular collar, but a harness and the leash is attached to it. The dog is walking slightly behind the man and to his right, very close to the wall I was talking about earlier.
On what looks like the corner of the wall, very close to the Cathedral, a group of at least two (if not three) people are sitting on the wall. The first person is wearing blue jeans and it looks as if he/she is lying down on the grass, with the feet on the wall and the knees pointing towards the sky. A second person is sitting with his/her legs crossed and with his back towards the Cathedral. It is really hard to tell if there is a third person, but as I can’t really tell you anything about this group because they are simply too small, I will have to leave it at that. Behind the person witting with his legs crossed, there is an orange box with a black R or K on it. It is about as high as the average person is tall, but I can’t tell what it is – it could be one of those clothes collection boxes, but I don’t know. There is a line of trees facing the front of the Cathedral and in the picture, two of them are to the left of you and Susanne and four to your right. A street runs right in front of the Cathedral, the street is not pictured in the photo, but there are a couple of cars standing in front of the building. One of them is a dark silver car left of you and Susanne, right underneath Susanne’s backpack, to be precise. It is the only car to the left of you. There is a white van on the right hand side, its front is at about the height of half your thigh. Behind the van, there is a white bus with dark blue writing on it. I can’t tell what’s behind the bus.
Now to the Cathedral:
The Cathedral consists of four corner towers and a big dome in the middle. On the photo, of the four towers, only the two front corner towers and the left one in the back are visible. The bottom of the building is square, but the last third (approximately) of the corner towers is round. The roofs are hemispheres and light blue from oxidation – I am guessing that the roofs are covered with copper, but I could not find any information about it on the net.
Only the front left hand corner tower is fully visible and I will describe it first. The towers are really divided into three parts, The two sides of the tower that are not attached to the Cathedral (meaning the front and the left) are built and decorated the same exact way. I will describe the front, but the same is true for the left side of the tower. The bottom of the tower to the left has a square opening on the bottom. It looks like an oversized door without the actual door. On top of this “door” there is a triangle made of stone. The triangle is attached to the building and standing on two pillars, but the pillars are not visible as a tree is covering the left one and Susanne the right one. The second part of the tower starts right above the triangle and has a rectangular window right in the middle of it. The bottom of the window is right above the triangle. The window is a lattice window and it is three panels wide and four panels high. It is really hard to estimate how big each panel is and I have unfortunately not found any information about it on the internet – I will let you know if I find out. The window has pillars to the right and left and on top of the window, there is a hemisphere that looks as if it is lying on the pillars. Halfway between the window frame and the corner of the tower, there is an additional column on each side. These columns are taller than the window and they go all the way up to the end of the square part of the tower. All the columns and the hemisphere are made of stone that has darkened (almost blackened) over the years, thanks to the air pollution, but the spaces between the columns and the window as well as between the columns and the corner of the tower are filled with salmon colored stones.
The square ending of the tower I was talking about just now really looks like a flat roof where the round tower was built on. The square “roof” is very ornate and overlaps the width of the tower below it. The very top of it is a protrusion. On top of it, there is a round tower that consists of the same blackened stone as the rest of the Cathedral. Again, it can be divided into three parts. The bottom part has a round window in the center. The window is surrounded by stone, above it there is an archway with another stone triangle above the archway. To the left and the right of the archway, there are two columns. On top of these columns, there are two sculptures that look like a four-point star, but it is rather small and hard to tell what it is. The copper roof sits on a stone circle that starts right above the triangle, on top of the roof, I can see a golden round shape on a pole. As it is pretty high up and as the golden shape is really light against a white sky, it is really hard to tell what it is.
The tower in the back on the left is not really visible – the only thing showing in the picture is the archway on top and the roof. This roof has a pole on it with white and red stripes – probably an antenna – on it.
Back to the front of the building – as I said, it consists of a tower to the left and a tower to the right. The middle of the building consists of a huge archway that leads into the Cathedral. The top of the archway is at the same height as the rectangular windows on the towers. Inside the archway, the ceiling seems to have paintings on it, but it is impossible to tell what they are. To the right of the archway, I can see to statues. They are the same greenish color as the hemisphere roofs and I am guessing that they were made out of copper as well. They look as if they are standing next to each other, looking to their left and our right. I would estimate that they are about the same size as an average human being and they are about 30 feet above the ground. They are standing in front of two black columns. These columns carry a protrusion of the same very ornate ending of the square part of the building that I described when talking about the tower. On top of this protrusion, there is a very black something – I can’t really determine what it is as it is in front of another black part of the building, but it looks as if it Is a small archway with a black hemisphere roof on it and on top of the roof, there seems to be a greenish (again, probably copper) crown on it.
Back to the big archway in the middle of the building. To the left and the right of the archway, right where the straight part ends and the hemisphere begins, there are two (one on each side) copper angles standing on a protrusion. They look like angels with their wings spread out and their hands seem to be stretched out to the front. On the very top of the archway, there is another greenish (copper?) attachment – I can’t tell what it shows and I have looked at several pictures on the internet, but I still can’t tell. It looks like a six point star that has been squished in the middle, one end pointing down the middle of the archway, one pointing up to the sky and two points each to the left and right. Above the point showing skywards is the end of the square part again. On top of it, there is a archway with a triangular top and in the archway, there is another copper statue, just as greenish as the other copper items. It looks as if two copper statues are standing on top of the triangular roof and they are holding on to a cross. The cross is standing up and is very light – it could be golden, but because of the white sky behind it, it is really hard to tell.
The big dome is behind the archway with the statues. It looks as if the dome is sitting on (and in) the middle of the building. It is as wide as the middle part of the building and I would estimate that the middle of the building is about twice as wide as the towers to the left and right. The dome consists of a stone base (also blackened), and if you look at it from the front, it has two columns on the right and the left that carry another protrusion. There is a rectangular window to the left of the left hand columns, about as tall as the columns, but very narrow. The two columns have a space between them and it looks as if there is an additional copper statue standing there, but it is too small to really tell.  Above both the protrusions I believe I can detect a copper angel with two smaller statues (children?) to the left and right of him. As these statues are standing in front of the copper hemisphere roof of the dome, it is really hard to tell what they are doing. On the side of the roof that is facing the front of the building, there are two round windows, a bigger one closer to the bottom of the roof and a smaller one above it – I would estimate that the bigger one is located at one-third of the height of the roof and the smaller one at two-thirds. Further to the left, two windows of the same kind are facing the left-hand tower. On the very top of the roof, what looks like copper columns are set up in a circle. In the middle of the circle, there is a greyish column and on top of it, there is a golden sculpture holding a golden cross. I know that art-lovers and church experts will cringe, but the shape of the sculpture holding the cross looks like an upside-down ice-cream cone with the tip cut off – and I apologize for being such a philistine, but I really do not know another way of explaining the shape.
The overall atmosphere of the picture is very quiet – the only movement in the picture is the man walking his dog and by the size of his steps I would guess that they are just strolling. Other than that, there is no movement at all – no birds in the (very light gray/white) sky, no clouds, nothing. In fact, even though there are cars in front of the Cathedral, I have caught myself not believing that there must be a street close-by where cars are running, honking and making their brakes screech.
I realize that my description of the Cathedral might cause more questions – if so, then please feel free to ask. I have tried to be as specific as possible and felt that words have failed me more than once – I was really tempted at times to build a small replica of it to send to you because I felt like my descriptions were so inadequate. After numerous corrections, I feel like I have gotten fairly close, but again, if anything is unclear, please let me know.

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Maria in Berlin I

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Ihr Lieben,

wir haben zwei Bilder von Maria, einer blinden Künstlerin aus Kanada, bekommen. Sie war zu Besuch in Berlin und ihre Freundin Susanne hat einen Stadtbummel mit ihr gemacht. Es wäre super toll, wenn sich jemand finden würde, der ihr ihre Bilder auf englisch beschreibt…

Maria fragt auch, warum es so einen chicen Blog wie unseren nicht auch auf englisch gibt. Wir sind offenbar wirklich einzigartig:-)

Eine Frau vor dem Brandenburger Tor

(c) Marco

Description by Ulrike:

The first picture is taken in the portrait format and you are standing in front of the Brandenburg gate. You are in the very front of the picture and quite prominent as there is nobody close-by. The sky is light blue with some clouds, but you really have to tilt the picture to see it – the sky really looks overcast at first. The picture is almost divided into two parts by the pole of a street light that you are standing in front of. I will first explain what you are wearing and doing, then I will describe all that is to the right of the pole before finally describing the scenery to the left of the pole.

You are wearing black pants, they look like jeans, but it is really hard to tell if they are jeans. You are wearing dark green (I believe the technical term is forest) shoes that look like Mary Janes and that have black toes. Your shirt is a dark salmon color, the scarf is a bit lighter and matches your shirt. There is a black strap on your left should, I am assuming it belongs to a purse, but whatever it is attached to is hidden behind your left hand. You are wearing a silver watch and glasses with a reddish (or brownish, it is really hard to tell) frame. You are facing the camera, your left knee is slightly bent and your feet are about the width of one foot apart from each other. It looks like most of your weight is on your right leg as the left one is not as far back as the right one.

You are standing on the very wide sidewalk that consists of a path of marbled flagstones which are framed by cobblestone. You are standing on the flagstones, each flagstone is about five times as long as your foot  and about seven times as wide. On the right side of the picture (to your left since you are facing the picture) are the typical road barriers that the police uses to bar the roads during marathons, for example. They are red and white and I would estimate that they would probably come up to a little over half of your torso. To make sure that the barriers do not fall over, they are connected to a metal grate that lays on the floor and that gives them enough sturdiness to make sure that they do not need to be connected to stand up. The first road barrier is standing, the others behind it are folded up and leaning against something that is not in the picture.

Behind the gates (if you walk towards the Brandenburg Gate) on the border between the cobblestone sidewalk and the street (which is always blocked for cars) is a grey metal showcase with pictures in it. I can’t tell what the pictures are showing because they are simply too small.

Two people are standing behind the showcase and a man is walking past them. The people standing there are mostly hidden by the showcase, but one of them is wearing jeans and a red jacket or  sweater while the other one is wearing a light brown, almost beige, coat. The man walking past them (away from the Brandenburg Gate) is wearing jeans and a dark jacket.

To the left of the showcase and to your right, two men with bikes are standing on the road. The one closer to the showcase is wearing a light bike helmet and what looks like a light full-body suit. He is holding on to the saddle and the handle of his bike and looking down at the saddle. The front of his body is facing the bike and the bike is standing parallel to the curb. Behind him, a man wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt with a red and blue picture on it is sitting on his bike, his left foot is standing on the street while his right heel is leaning on the curb, his toes are facing towards the sky. It looks like he is wearing tennis shoes. He is also wearing a backpack and has an additional black strap going from his right shoulder to his left hip. It could be a camera bag, but it is hard to tell. These two men are at about the height of your shoulder.

Behind them, on the other side of the street, there is a ship. It is hard to estimate how big it is, but it could easily be about 40 meters long. While the ship is really standing to the right of the Brandenburg Gate, the front of the ship is pointing towards the gatehouse to the left of the Brandenburg Gate. The bottom half of it is painted red, then there is a small white line and the top is dark blue. The boat bridge is located in what looks like the middle of the ship, it is white and a bit rusty and it has the European flag (dark blue with golden stars in a circle in the middle of it) on it. Underneath the flag it says PI-7283, but I really don’t know what that stands for. On the left side of the flag, there is a small window. The shape of the boat bridge looks like a big rectangular chimney with a smaller one on top. Window, flag and writing are located on the bigger “chimney”, but the smaller one starts right above the flag and the window. The name of the ship is “Europa” (it says so on the very front) and there is a white sign hanging from the ship. The upper part of the sign has a black rectangle painted on it and in it, in white, it says “SOS – save our seas” Underneath it, still in the black rectangle, it says Greenpeace. A red fish is below the left hand bottom corner of the black rectangle. At the very end of the ship, I can see iron bars, the shape of them makes me think of the top part of a deck chair – two long iron poles, one on each side of the ship, are connected by another pole on the very top and they are leaning to the right, towards the end of the ship. Two smaller poles are pushing against the long poles to make sure that they stay in place and if I am not completely mistaken, the fishing nets (not in the picture) are connected to those poles while on sea – but this is a girl from the mountains trying to explain a ship…

A woman in a light green coat and dark pants is standing in front of the ship, with her bike in front of her and she is looking at the sign, while others are just walking by without looking (they are too small to be properly described).

Behind your right side, there is the pole that I was talking about earlier and that I believe belongs to a streetlight. I can’t tell you for sure because the top is not in the picture, but the dark color and the shape (it is not a straight pole, it is decorated with occasional spheres, which are getting smaller the further up the pole they are located at) make me believe that it is a streetlight. Next to the pole and behind you, a man and a woman are looking at something. The man is facing the Brandenburg Gate (and you are therefore standing behind his back), but he is looking down. He is wearing a blue shirt and has very little hair – the top of his head is bald while there is a shadow of dark hair in the back. He is almost entirely covered by you, with the exception of the back of his head, his left arm and about half of his back. To his left, a woman is standing sideways, facing the street. She is wearing dark pants and a blue top, it could be a denim jacket, but I am not sure. She is also carrying a black backpack over her right shoulder; the other strap is hanging down. She has black, shoulder-length hair and seems to be waiting for the man to do something.

A man wearing light pants, a light green sweater and a dark jacket is walking towards you. He is looking at something to his right and he is about 20 meters behind you, right next to the man and the woman standing at the pole. Three more people (it looks like they are all men) are walking behind him, the one to the left is wearing dark pants and a dark top , the one in the middle is wearing light blue jeans, a red top and what looks like a denim jacket. He is looking at the man to his right, the one wearing dark clothes, and his left hand is on the back of his head. I believe he has light brown hair (I can’t tell the other man’s hair color). The third man looks blond to me and is wearing blue jeans and a dark blue top. It looks as if the man on the far left (the one wearing all dark clothes) could be the father of the other two, at least age-wise.

Behind them is the gatehouse that is attached to the Brandenburg Gate. The gatehouse has four pillars (only three are visible, the one to the very left is cut off by the border of the picture), a triangular roof and the walls behind the pillars are a very light salmon color. There is a wooden door between the two middle pillars and the door has four glass panels in it. A red and white sign is in attached to the bottom left hand panel, but I can’t tell what it says. Above the door, there is a windo and it looks as if the left part of it is open. A couple of people and bike riders are standing in front of the gate, but they are too far away to be properly described.

Finally, the Brandenburg Gate – you are standing in front of it and the pole of the streetlight is located between you and the Brandenburg Gate. It consists of twelve columns, six on each side and these six columns form five passageways. The Gate is a very light brown and the quadriga on top is greenish from corrosion. The quadriga consists of four horses and Victoria in a chariot, but the chariot is not visible and Victoria is hardly visible because there is a horse in front of her. Victoria is carrying a pole and it looks like on top of it, there is an eagle with its wings spread open – I have tried to google what she is carrying, but I can’t find any information about it, I will, however, look for more information and let you know. Behind the gate, I can see silver metal poles that make me believe that they are part of a stage (lights are hanging from the horizontal poles connecting the vertical ones), but I can’t really tell if it is a stage or simply part of a construction zone.

The entire atmosphere of the picture is very placid – while it is true that you can tell that people are walking, nobody seems to be running, everyone is just strolling and it looks like the perfect snapshot of a quiet afternoon in Berlin.

I hope I was able to help you – this is the first time I am describing a picture and I have tried to pay as much attention to detail as possible, however, if you have any questions, please let me know.

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