Morning fog glows above the Alpine foothills near Bernbeuren, Germany on June 26, 2014. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/EPA)
Fog covers the forest on November 18, 2013 in Glashuetten, Germany.
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Many have that dream: to be at the centre of events, inside the group and within the walls. Well, Michael Hughes, British photographer who by coincidence found himself living in Berlin-Kreuzberg in the 1980s is one of the lucky ones.
Fascinated by Kreuzberg´s New-Model-World atmosphere and the people striving to realise their dream of living a different life than their parents and the so called “good citizens” did, Hughes stayed to observe and record the events unfolding around him.
Setting off with a camera from his flat in Oranienstrasse he was bound to find enough topics to keep him locked up in the dark-room with thousands of contact prints to choose from for days. If his arrival in Kreuzberg was anything to go by – which it very much was – then Hughes was up for a ride.
Here´s what the photographer says about getting to know Kreuzberg in June 1982:
»We had one telephone number of a Wohngemeinschaft in the Oranienstrasse in Kreuzberg SO36 – the middle of the squatting action. During the week that followed, I fell in love, was witness to burning police vans, was hit by flying stones, soaked by water cannons, chased by police charges and ingested much tear gas.«
Some of the photos recording that explosive and pretty unforgettable time can be admired now in Michael Hughes´ photo-album published by Berlin Story Verlag:
Trees with autumn coloured leaves reflect in a pond in Goslar, northwestern Germany, on October 12, 2013.
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The Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), second right, and autumnally coloured trees are reflected in a puddle in Dresden, eastern Germany on Oct. 10, 2013.
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Eric Bouvet, The Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989
Atlantic grey seals bask in hot weather on a sunny day on the south beach of Duene Island on August 4, 2013 near Helgoland, Germany.
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A woman with an umbrella walks next to the river Spree in Berlin on July 29, 2013.
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A dog cools down in a fountain in Berlin’s Lustgarten on July 24, 2013.
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A seagull flies over the beach on July 19, 2013 in Borkum Island, Germany.
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