BBC lifts secret of Berlin’s pink pipes

When I published an explanation about the purpose of Berlin’s pink pipes in the beginning of last year, little did I know this was a question so many people were keen to find out.

The post went viral through several blogs, facebook and twitter. Then the BBC decided to do a little reportage on the pink pipes and contacted me. When asked, if I wanted to be a part in their broadcast, I said yes.

So back in summer this year I had the opportunity to meet the BBC’s Berlin correspondent Stephen Evans at Potsdamer Platz. I took a shot, when he was filmed by video journalist Suraj Patel and talking about his plan to solve the mystery of the pink pipes.

Then Suraj filmed me while I was shooting some images of the pipes with my camera. Watch the whole story here. And yes, at 2:05 in the video, that’s me.Stephen Evans & the pink pipes © Robert HerrmannPink pipes © Robert HerrmannPink pipes © Robert Herrmann

60-second slices of present // Berlin 2012

Now that 2013 has just started, I’d like to present a selection of last year’s “60-second slices of present”. This sparse, yet compact selection of works is part of the eponymous ongoing series that I started almost three years ago. It has become a pleasure to reflect on the project’s development since.

What, out of sheer curiosity, started as a rather simple experiment to depict man-made, yet manless space has now become more than just some sophisticalaborate longtime exposure photo trickery. I’d like to consider it has become a kind of research about how we as human beings perceive time.

It seems that above our spatial scale we also possess a temporal one. And more a side product it was, that with a haphazardly chosen timespan of 60 seconds I found out about the beautiful sculpturality of frozen collective human motion.

And in the end, to be honest – taking daylight longtime exposures has grown to be an obsession. Having a delicate glimpse into the future besprinkled with a pinch of well-guarded lunacy I not only want to examine Berlin’s urban space, but other cities, too. I want to find out about the scale of other cities and I want to elaborate a way to capture their pulse.

As 21st century’s citizens are going to be mostly urban inhabitants and the phenomenon of highly populated and high-density agglomerations is predicted to extend around the globe it will even more be interesting to establish an archive of 60-second material that will allow comparisons.

New 60-second slices of present

Some time ago I introduced my idea to a conceptual series I named 60-second slices of present. What had started as an experiment about two years ago has ever since been becoming a long-term photo project. Here comes a selection of last year’s results.

Monotony – booklet publication

Regardless of time or place “monotony” exposes a phenomenon hundreds of thousands of people find themselves in the midst of everyday – commuting.

Being accomodated in suburbs – often huge monocultural agglomerations of apartment blocks – their residents need to be on their way to the city centre to earn a living each and every day.

Come into being in early 2012 on several winter morning trips to the satellite towns far out in the east of Berlin the pictures of the project are given a frame and a melody with this booklet.

Along with a text about the project you can see all the pictures the booklet contains here.

If you are interested in purchasing this booklet or like to have some more information about it, I recommend you download this PDF