Liberty's Shadow Berlin by ragman

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*…… she stood there, on the cusp of liberty, where her grandmother had tried to be many years before. In that moment she realised that although it was only a few steps, but it took many years for someone in her family to reach the other side ….. she was in liberty’s shadow

She stood and watched at Liberty crossing, as people hurried past, where East meets West, now there was freedom; and wondered what the future held*

Check Point Charlie

Ten days after closing the border on August 13 1961 tourists from abroad, diplomats and the military personnel of the Western Powers were only allowed to enter East Berlin via the crossing point at Berlin Friedrichstrasse.

Soon the US military police opened the third checkpoint at Friedrichstrasse. The other two checkpoints were Helmstedt at the West German-East German border and Dreilinden at the West Berlin and East Germany border.

Based on the phonetic alphabet the Helmstedt checkpoint was called Alpha, Dreilinden Checkpoint Bravo and the checkpoint at Friedrichstrasse got the name Charlie, hence it was known as Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie was removed on June 22, 1990. The former Allied guardhouses are now located in the Allied Museum and a copy of the American guardhouse was erected on the original place on August 13, 2000.

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From Mill Isle, Ireland tradiional monochrome photographic artist specialises in abstract realism and the interplay of light and shade. Space, Shape, Shade & Structure and story-telling

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  • Jo Fedora
    Jo Fedoraover 6 years ago

    fantastic image..superb b/w…great composition.

  • Oli Johnson
    Oli Johnsonover 6 years ago

    mysterious shot!

  • savosave
    savosaveover 6 years ago

    great black and white shot

  • Caroline Bland
    Caroline Blandover 6 years ago

    A superb and very emotional image

  • ed wong
    ed wongover 6 years ago

    beautiful image ragman; love the deep shadows

  • Nuh Sarche
    Nuh Sarcheover 6 years ago

    wonderful picture! the light is fascinating…

    today was the right weather here for pictures like this… really cold but sunny…. :)

  • have a go at low light down low ~ I believe you’ll like the results

    – ragman

  • Nuh Sarche
    Nuh Sarcheover 6 years ago

    and the place is really special… I lived for years four blocks from Checkpoint Charlie… and I worked in the Jewish Museum…

  • berndt2
    berndt2over 6 years ago

    Excellent perspective and detail – and good choice on the black’n’white!

  • thank you

    – ragman

  • Tom Vaughan
    Tom Vaughanover 6 years ago

    wonderful in so many ways.. well-spotted!

  • thank you

    – ragman

  • Enivea
    Eniveaover 5 years ago

    Great work. Well done.

  • thank you

    – ragman

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