I looked up and thought I was in Gotham.
Staring at three towers, I was walking towards a Christmas market. The perspective changed with every step I took. I wasn’t watching where I was going. I wasn’t paying attention to the people I was with. I couldn’t take my eyes off the Atrium Tower, the Kollhoff Tower, and finally, the Bahn Tower. I had no idea what they were called.
But the Kollhoff reminded me of the Hobart in San Francisco and the Flatiron in New York. And maybe you don’t think about early 20th century high-rise architecture when you think about Gotham, but I do. I can’t seem to disentangle one from the other–to think about Gotham, as a real place and not something from the comic books–I have to think about buildings like these.
Modern architecture can be so fucking boring. How many buildings still carry this kind of personality? The Kollhoff (like the Hobart and Flatiron) really stands out as something worth appreciating. Something worth the photograph. It almost demands your attention. I don’t see how one can’t help but admire it.
Maybe go to Berlin. Take a lens with you that soaks up the light. Make a picture that brings you joy.