From The Train

by Neil Johnson
(Newcastle Upon Tyne)

This was originally a snapshot, taken out of the window as I rode the S-Bahn one day in the east of Berlin. I wanted to try and capture the vibrant pulse of the city and the train was a good place to do this from. I think this image captures it quite effectively. It seems that almost all the walls in Berlin are covered in art work and the ones on the railway lines are particularly popular as canvasses. The red brick building, probably a former factory, is very typical of this part of the city. The image shows a good contrast between old and modern Berlin. The blurred effect is intentional as it gives a feeling of speed which represents the pace of life in the city. I manipulated the saturation, contrast and brightness, with the aim of creating a piece of art with photography as its foundation, rather than just a straight photograph.

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