Berlin, Series II: Mysterious Hotel (10 pictures)

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  1. awe

    awe TPF Noob!

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    Here's the second and last set I made during my stay in Berlin (see here for the first set).
    The hotel/guesthouse I stayed in looked a little dingy from the outside (like most buildings in Berlin :wink: ). From the inside, however, it was one of the most amazing guesthouses I have seen in a long time. It spoke to me in a weird way; the interior looked very old, yet everything was extremely clean and neat. There were several narrow corridors that lead to the rooms. Everything was immersed in a dark and reddish light that conveyed a sense of melancholy. In the corners, there were beautifully lit niches with old armchairs and tables. I'm a big fan of David Lynch's movies, and this scenery could have been from one of his films; it made you feel comfortable and almost at home, but at the same time it had this mysterious and portentious atmosphere that made you feel uneasy. You might know this feeling when you look at an old photo: it can be both beautiful and creepy.
    All I tried with these pictures was to catch the atmosphere and to make the viewer feel what I felt. I hope I have accomplished this. Also, this was a good exercise to play with light and darkness.

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    Interesting place! Where exactly was it?
     
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    I didnt exactly find it mysterious...... good try though
     
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    Well, I was going to say "If only you had numbered your photos, I could more easily say which one I like best", but now that I finished scrolling, it isn't that difficult to say, after all, since it is the first that to my mind most clearly conveys all that you are telling us you wanted to convey in your photos. Play of lights and shadows works best there, and I like the hint of abstractness in Photo 1, too, with only what little light shines through the lift-door illuminating the staircase right next to the lift shaft. Good one.
     
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    @hamburger: It is in Wilmersdorf, near Hohenzollerndamm. Definitely worth checking out!

    @koda-46: Sorry to hear that you didn't like it. Either I failed in my task or we just perceive things differently. But thanks for taking the time to look at the pictures.

    @LaFoto: See, I numbered the photos! No. 1 is my favorite, too. But why did you emphasize "wanted"? Do you think I accomplished what I wanted, or do you think I failed? What would you have done differently?
     

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