InstaCity is a weekly blog series that introduces you to Instagrammers in different parts of the world. We’ll feature a new city, and a new group of Instagrammers, in each installment. We love exploring the world through photos, and hope you’ll be inspired to follow some of the users we feature here to learn more about the city they call home.
This week, we’re taking you to Berlin, Germany! There’s an extremely active local group of Instagrammers in Berlin, and we’d like to introduce you to four of them.
Thomas (@thomas_k) has been on Instagram since last October, and in that time his photos have been featured across the web, including in Mashable’s article on mobile street photography. Thomas works near Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, and so it’s the place where most of his shots are taken. “I’ve always found this area interesting because of the modern architecture that surrounds it,” he says, “which I try to use it as background while shooting. The main reason why I’m still not tired of photographing Potsdamer Platz almost every day is that it always looks different to me somehow.” Check out a full interview with Thomas on Instagramers.com.
This photo was taken early in the morning on my way to work. It was quite dark and foggy so I didn’t expect it to turn out well. I chose this angle because I wanted the buildings to look somehow massive and huge with just a slice of white sky over the figure. The low light created a special effect I really enjoyed when the editing was finished. It made the picture look like it was taken many years ago. That’s one of the many things I appreciate about photographing in Berlin — it’s really hard to tell if your shot was taken yesterday or twenty years ago.
@aufgetaucht: I posted my first photo last November, and I never imagined that the app I downloaded that day would turn out to be the one I’d get addicted to so fast. I always try to post only my “treasures”, and not every single photo I shoot. Berlin is a great city to explore using your iPhone. I’m in love with its architecture and its colours. I dream of the day when I can meet my IG-friends from all around the world in Berlin and show them my city.
This photo was taken in a museum in Berlin. I was on a photowalk for 2 or 3 hours and the light was perfect for this kind of picture. I love shooting silhouettes or shadows of people, using them as my actors walking through the scene.
@herrkrueger: I joined Instagram the first week it was released and was immediately hooked . First, I was looking for an easy, beautiful way to share my daily morning pictures of Berlin to Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook, but it became so much more. My love for photos and the exploding Instagram community led to the start of the first Community Exhibition of Instagram photos, which took place in March - April 2010 in a cafe in the Bergmannkiez of Berlin, with more than 80 photographs from 10 European Instagram photographers.
This is with where it all started. The sunrise after dropping off my daughter at kindergarten was always so beautiful that I wanted to capture it somehow. In January 2009 I started a daily picture project on my Tumblr. Two years later, these daily pictures became a integral part of my life and help me to connect with the moment, the place and weather.
@king_fisher: I wasn’t that much into photography before I discovered Instagram in November last year. I don’t own a DSLR, so all pictures were taken with my iPhone 4 (except some of the very early posts in my stream). I love going on photowalks with other Instagrammers to get an idea of the people behind the photos I like most. When not taking pictures, I do web development, so as a logical consequence, I developed InstaChallenge, a free web service to manage challenges on Instagram as well as to produce photobooks (using a print-on-demand service) from the results.
This photo shows the mystery that surrounds the city of Berlin. It was taken on a photowalk with some other IGers from Berlin. We’re doing these walks quite often, mostly with different people. It shows the roof of the “Tempodrom”, a well-known venue for concerts and other events. I used Hipstamatic for this and added some filters for color and contrast corrections.