Photographer's Note

After three very long days of meetings and sitting in a room without windows, I was glad to stretch my legs and see what I could of Berlin. It was an uninspiring, dull and bitterly cold day and all I could look forward to was getting home, when this early evening view from the Sony Center lifted my spirits.

The Sony Center in Potsdamer Platz was completed in 2000 and houses shops, restaurants, a conference centre and cinemas, but for me its roof was the most distinctive feature. The tall building behind is the central offices of Deutsche Bahn. I used my wide angle lens to capture the roof, but then cropped a little of the left and lower edges to make more of a feature of the geometric forms.
In the 1920s and 30s, the Potsdamer platz was the busiest and one of the liveliest squares in Europe. It was a major public transport hub, and the area contained numerous bars, cafés and cinemas.

This all came to an abrupt end in 1943 when the Potsdamer platz was left to ruins by allied bombing. After the second world war, the square located between the American, British and Russian sectors, became a no-man's land. It was completely flattened with the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961 when the demolished buildings were pulled down.

In the 1990s, the Potsdamer Platz became the largest construction area in Europe. The square, together with several adjacent blocks were redeveloped, including the buildings seen in this photo.

0.5s, ISO 200, handheld

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