Berlin Mauerstrasse 2014: A strange sculpture, “House Ball” by Claes Oldenburg and Coesje van Bruggens, refers to historical refugees to Berlin, and represents a bundle of household goods as they may have brought with them. The place where it is was once part of the DDR control zone for the border crossing at Checkpoint Charlie.

Unter Den Linden Berlin 2014: The Zeughaus in the midst of the works for the U-Bahn extension. Museum Island will eventually get its own U-Bahn station.

East Berlin 2014: Pink pipes at the corner of the Bauakademie building mock-up, Sckinkelplatz.

Berlin Bernauer Strasse July 2014: Here there’s a different poster for the tattoo convention in Berlin, from the ones I saw under the bridge at Savignyplatz. The ‘skull-cherries’ design is OK.

Berlin Mauerpark 2014: Another picture from the roll of film I exposed in Berlin this year. American students listening to a band in the park.

Berlin Alexanderplatz July 2014: An analogue photograph taken on a cheap single-use camera bought from the DM drugstore, a branch of which is on the right of this picture. The quality is poor but this is still the cheapest way to make images if you have nothing else.

Berlin Skalitzer Strasse July 2014: The U1 U-Bahn line is here on an elevated track, running to the left towards the River Spree, which it crosses on the Oberbaumbrücke.

Berlin Oranienstrasse 2014: when I arrived back at the studio djangoknoth had already put a copy of the portrait in the window.

Berlin Heinrichplatz July 2014: The Berlin Wall zig-zagged through the city a couple of blocks further north from here. The area still retains some of the Bohemian feel of those times.

Berlin Oranienstrasse July 2014: I went to the studio of djangoknoth.tumblr.com, at his invitation, and had my portrait taken. You can see it on his tumblr posted on July 23rd, but I also use it as my avatar. This guy is a true artist! Here he is enjoying a ciggy. The red supermarket bag is mine, used to carry my cameras that day.

Berlin July 2014: Kunsthaus Tacheles on Oranienburger Strasse. Another view of the building as it now stands. The owners wish to redevelop the site.

Berlin July 2014: Kunsthaus Tacheles on Oranienburger Strasse in East Berlin. After the fall of the wall, the former commercial building was occupied by artists, under varying degrees of legality. The artists are now gone, leaving behind colourful evidence of their activities on the facade.