Photographer's Note

A few minutes ago I saw this photo of Checkpoint Charlie, called 'Cold War', uploaded by kiasari (Abbas Eslami Kiasari) as it is today, a tourist attraction. It reminded me that a few months ago I had scanned a photo I took in 1974. So, a quick resize, sharpen, and add a frame, and here we are - two shots of Checkpoint Charlie on the one day. Well, actually it's two days now because it's just after midnight here! But it'll be the same day in many other countries.

I had visited Germany to watch World Cup football matches, especially several featuring Australia, who were in the Cup for the first time. Amongst the ten matches I watched during a whirlwind tour of West Germany was one in Berlin, but I don't remember who played in that match. I do remember the day I spent in the Eastern part of the city. Even this photo of the near-deserted streets gives some idea of the grey bleakness of the 'other side'. I was appalled by the inferiority of the bratwurst and ice cream. The drabness and the Wall were depressing. I could not have imagined the wall would come down 15 years later. The cold war was still very cold.

I was tempted to convert to b/w, but it seems it's grey enough already. If a few more people had been in the shot I might have labelled it Daily Life, but there is not much life evident.

Scanned from a slide.

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