Berlin Photo Diary – Grey or colors for E.T.A. Hoffmann?


Is your way painted with grey? Or do you like colors?

I took this picture during a morning walk at E.T.A.-Hoffmann-Promenade in Berlin, towards Lindenstrasse and Jewish Museum, and desaturated the colors on the left side of the picture during postprocessing. Why: to reflect my own feelings of the passageway.

So who was this E.T.A. Hoffmann who is honored with a name of a passage? Wikipedia tells: “E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776-1822) was a German romantic author of fantasy and horror, a jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist.” He lived in Berlin during two short periods 1807-1808 and 1814-1822, and died there at the age of 46. During the times in Berlin he wrote many masterpieces, but was also broken, hungry, had legal disputes, drank too much and had syphilis, which finally paralyzed him.

Would Herr Hoffmann be pleased to see his name given to that street, if he would walk there today? Maybe …

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About Olli Laasanen

Eyes and ears open. New and old. Jobs and hobbies. Pictures and music. Entertaining and serious. Change and stability. Nature and urban.
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