This year, the opportunity presented itself to finally complete a project I had in the back of my head for years. In 2014, my friend Lena had opened picnic berlin, a small picnic basket rental service on the “Tempelhofer Feld” – the air field turned recreational park in the middle of Berlin. She operates from a little brick house covered in red and white tiles, tucked away in the southwest corner of the field. The “swiss cottage”, as pop-up patrons have dubbed it, is a former radio station in the shape of a box – with a window, bright yellow umbrellas and ivy-clad corners. Lena has turned this spot into a place of rest and tranquillity. The edge of the field is only slightly elevated, but it’s enough to allow visitors of Lena’s hut a pretty spectacular view. People drop by to enjoy a quiet moment in a deckchair. Their gaze wanders from families barbequing on the green field to the airstrip next to them, where kite surfers are racing with the wind. Behind them lies the horizon of Berlin, an almost end to end view of a skyline that is a mashup of the standard TV-Tower landscape, the sketchings of the airport and a bit of forest.
I started organising and editing the pictures I had taken on the field and added some motifs from Berlin. I printed them on cardboard and showed them around, asking for feedback. The positive reactions pushed me to go ahead and send the files off to the printer – allowing me to complete my first printed photo project.
My postcards are now ready to be filled with your stories and can be purchased at Lena’s picnic berlin or ordered by sending me an email.