So on thursday I got whisked away by Olympus to Berlin for the launch of their new 'Photographer's Playground'. Situated in Opernwerkstaetten, a workshop building in the old East Berlin where backdrops were created for the Berlin opera, the playground features a vast array of art installations all begging to be both appreciated and photographed. From a corridor filled with cardboard boxes, each one with it's own spinning wooden ball bouncing to create a truly unique cacophony, to the sealed ecosystem filled with mould, there was easily enough to keep peoples attention. Of course there were drinks and nibbles, as well as plenty of cameras to play with if you didn't have your own, making it easy for everyone to have a play!
Another subtle touch was the small photographic quotes dotted around the walls. I think I may have been one of the few people to notice them, but then I do love a good quote!
The following day, I was able to go out wandering with a couple of the others to see a few of the sights around Berlin. Obviously I wanted to see the Brandenburg Gate, which is now bustling with activity and street performers. A far cry from 25 years ago before the wall came down! I also managed to maintain my record of buying items based on the German city I'm in (Hamburger in Hambug, Frankfurter in Frankfurt, Aftershave in Cologne), by having a Berliner in Berlin!
An unexpected bonus of the trip was that it was sweltering! I kind of expected the weather to be something more akin to London, but it was beautifully hot and sunny!
There's a few things I would have liked to have done that I didn't get time to do. I didn't see Checkpoint Charlie, or any of the Wall memorials. Another thing I would love to go back and see is the worlds biggest dinosaur skeleton in the Museum für Naturkunde, but then there's always next time!
Here's a visual diary of the rest of my trip...
The OM-D Photography Playground is open daily form 26 April to 24 May 2013 at Opernwerkstaetten Berlin, between 11am and 7pm. Admission is free and visitors can rent an OM-D from Olympus at no charge to discover the playground.