Nightlines and the Brandenburg Tor

Nightlines at the Brandenburg Tor - © Christopher Martin-9018

The Brandenburg Gate is a beautiful monument that has been at the centre of pivotal moments in history since its construction completed in 1791.  The Tor was commissioned by King Friedrich William II as a sign of peace; Napoleon marched through it in triumph; it was closed to all through the cold war, dividing Berlin – and the world,  and divided Berlin and the world; and then it was where the wall first fell and was where the city and Germany reunified.  Coming full circle, it has now come to represent peace as well as unity in the country and in Europe.

Nightlines at the Brandenburg Tor - © Christopher Martin-9020

I was excited to photograph this icon and visited there several times through my week in Berlin.  One visit was after midnight and I set up on the west side of the where three streets meet.  I wanted to create some long exposures to let the lights from the vehicles create streaks in front of the gate.  It is a stunning structure and I enjoyed spending time there and making these images.

Nightlines at the Brandenburg Tor - © Christopher Martin-9028

When night fell, I had been hanging around the Spree River near Berliner Dom so it was not a very long walk to the Tor.  Coming from the east, I photographed the front of the gate first.  The Quadriga of Victory looks like it about to leap off the top and carry forward.

Nightlines at the Brandenburg Tor - © Christopher Martin-8993

It is a stunning structure and I enjoyed spending time there and making these images.  With recent events within Germany and other parts of Europe, a visit seemed timely and it would serve many well to consider what the Brandenburg Gate has come to represent from many years of hard learned lessons about peace and unity.

11 responses

  1. Stunning pictures … Really liked them …

    August 25, 2016 at 1:21 am

  2. One of my favourite cities!

    July 31, 2016 at 4:00 pm

  3. Very cool, I recently got a camera which can do fancy things like long exposures so I’m looking forward to trying out something like this. I am inspired! x

    July 31, 2016 at 10:04 am

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  6. ed2950

    Nice shot.

    July 30, 2016 at 2:52 am

  7. Great idea to shoot at night. Your long exposures are amazing!!!

    July 29, 2016 at 9:26 pm

  8. Excellent work, Christopher. The time lapse effects definitely add a ‘touch of class.’

    July 28, 2016 at 1:34 am

  9. I like the long exposure effect you created with the car lights and that is an awesome monument. thanx

    July 27, 2016 at 5:11 am

  10. Great Picture… Congrats !!!

    July 27, 2016 at 2:23 am

  11. Wonderful Photos !
    Never been there must go theredan : )
    / marita

    July 26, 2016 at 11:31 pm

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