Berlin Gay Pride 2017: Candid In the Rain

Earlier in the week, I posted the first selection of my photos from this year's Berlin Gay Pride march (or CSD, as it keeps being called in Berlin. Short for Christopher Street Day), focussing on portraits. With this post, the focus is on the candid photos. A number of them highlight the quite miserable weather conditions, i.e. the heavy downpours that did not quite manage to dampen the party mood.

For more of the pics from the CSD, [click here].

Berlin Gay Pride 2017: May I Take Your Picture?

Berlin’s Christopher Street Day celebration was on this past Saturday. German parliament having recently ratified Marriage Equality, the event was more a matter of celebration this year than in previous years. About an hour into the event, heavy rainfalls began to come down, which didn’t really deter people, and the whole thing became a big party in the rain.

This was the first time in many years that I went back to the CSD march. It’s always been a good occasion for taking photos. This year’s didn’t disappoint either. On occasions like these, people usually don’t mind having their photo taken. I did take a number of candid shots, but the ones I’m happiest with are the ones where I asked people to pose. Gay Pride attracts many photographers, most with huge zoom lenses waiting at the side of the road. My approach is a tad different: I participate in the event, that is, I take part in the march, and I take photos from within, from close-up. When I ask people to pose, most of the time there is a connection, and there is something about the resulting pics which makes them more personal, and also makes them stand out.

I used the Fuji X-T20 camera, with initially a 56mm lens which I soon swapped for the 35mm lens as it was more suited to work from within the crowd.

For more of my Gay Pride photos, [click here]. Photos from earlier CSD events can be found on my Berlin page. Enjoy.

Christopher Street Day

Yesterday, the annual Christopher Street Day (i.e. Gay Pride) parade took place in Berlin. This year I skipped the main event and went to an alternative CSD which also takes place every year in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district – off the main drag, so to speak (pardon the pun).  I wasn’t going to take any photos, so I didn’t take a camera along, only my iPhone – and ended up taking a whole bunch of pics with the iPhone; all of them in black & white. Here is the result. Enjoy. 🙂

"Be Berlin" Exhibition to be repeated in Berlin City Hall

In June of last year, the Luxembourg Embassy in Berlin held an exhibition of Berlin themed photographs by Luxembourg photographers, in which I also participated with a series of Holga photos taken at Berlin’s CSD parades. This exhibition is to be repeated for one night only at the Berlin City Hall (“Rotes Rathaus”) on Saturday, 30 January, for the “Long Night of the Museums.”

The other four photographers are Marc Glesener, Ann Michaux, Marc Theis und Arthur Thill.

More information can be found at the
Luxembourg Embassy’s website.

"Be Berlin" Exhibition at Luxembourg Embassy

The Luxembourg embassy in Berlin is organising an exhibition of Berlin photographs by Luxembourg photographers. I have been asked to contribute some pictures, and picked images from the yearly Christopher Street Day as a theme.

Other photographers are:  Marc Glesener, Anne Michaux, Marc Theis und Arthur Thill.

The exhibition runs from 24 June to 14 July. The address is:
Luxembourg Embassy / Maison du Grand Duché de Luxembourg
Klingelhöferstraße 7
10785 Berlin (Schöneberg)

More information (in German) here.