Activity: UPR – Urban Photo Race, Berlin 2016

A Day at the Races. The “UPR Berlin 2016” took place on Saturday 10th September 2016 under the motto: “Twelve hours . . . . Six themes . . . . . . . .Eighteen photos . . . . . . . . . . . . Four checkpoints” and an extremely enjoyable day indeed it was too, it can only be recommended for those wishing to stretch their creative photography skills. Overall 2nd place Theme 1: Food for thought Theme 2: Constrasts Theme 3: Extravagance Theme 4: Coexistence Theme 5: Perspectives Theme 6: Almost – Best in theme UPR Website Flickr album © Andrew James Kirkwood – 2016

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Activity: UPR – Urban Photo Race, Berlin 2017

A race against time. The UPR, an annual photo competition running under the motto: “Twelve hours . . . . Six themes . . . . . . . .Eighteen photos . . . . . . . . . . . . Four checkpoints” Theme 1 – “Poor but Sexy” Someone once explained the economic situation in Berlin to me like this: There’s a North/South divide in Germany, the South is much richer than the North, and there’s also an East/West divide, the West is much richer than the East, and where is Berlin? In the North-East !! Berlin is certainly very poor, and because of that, it has… Read More

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Activity: Fotomarathon, Berlin 2016

12 Hours – 12 Photos – 1 Series. Saturday 11 June 2016 – 11:00am For anyone who doesn’t know what a Photo-Marathon is, it’s a photographic competition whereby the participants are required to take photographs according to given subjects. So, it’s not your physical condition that counts, but your creativity in being able to provide photographic solutions to the various topics within a given time frame. It’s a very exciting and challenging way of improving your photographic and particularly your creative thinking skills. fotomarathon.de Start: 11:00 – James June Biergarten, Karl-Marx-Allee Motto: Jenseits aller Grenzen – Beyond limits / Borders Start number: 431 What are borders/limits but arbitrary lines? State limits,… Read More

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Activity: Virtueller Foto Marathon – Düsseldorf 2016

Saturday 16 January 2016 Thema : „Ist das Leben des Individuums nicht vielleicht ebensoviel wert wie das des ganzen Geschlechts? Denn jeder einzelne Mensch ist schon eine Welt, die mit ihm geboren wird und mit ihm stirbt. Unter jedem Grabstein liegt eine Weltgeschichte.“ Heinrich Heine Entered The Winners were: Platz 1: Thomas Fingerlinge, Platz 2: Kerstin Ostendorf, Platz 3: Uschi Motto, Platz 4: Heike Schluckender, Platz 5: Anna Zemlianski, Platz 6: Peggy-Nicole Karmann, Platz 7: Beatrice Ombeck. And on the shortlist were: Philipp Fuchs, Ulrich Graf-Nottrodt, Astrid Herzog, Andrew James Kirkwood, Manuela Noack, Katja Rathmann, Werner Schmitz-Lechtape, Andrea Sudbrock, Laura Wittneben. © Andrew James Kirkwood – 2016

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Activity: Christopher Day Parade

Whatever. Some dressed in leather, others in feathers, flesh and outrageous costumes wherever you look, it’s a celebration of (gay) life, and the people taking part in this parade are just begging to have their picture taken, photography doesn’t get easier than this. And all to the sound of a thousand beats. The first “Christopher Street Day” in Berlin took place in 1979 – “Gay Pride” was the motto under which 450 demonstrators in West Berlin took to the streets in a very relaxed atmosphere. This year there are expected to be together over a million participants and spectators. Held in memory of the first big uprising of homosexuals against… Read More

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Activity: Mini-Fotomarathon Berlin 2016

Can systems . . . ? Can our inner thoughts be transmitted by our eye movements? Can our future actions be predicted by our current behaviour? Almost certainly: New York Times Any new technology brings a wealth of challenges for society, as it begins to alter previous behaviours, and the embracement of digital technologies is no different, particularly regarding the ease at which data can now so easily be collected and analysed, searching for patterns, all in the cause of the corporate balance sheet. It is both a blessing and a curse, as we enjoy the benefits of an App based economy, but often at the cost of our privacy.… Read More

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