I am not a huge soccer fan whatsoever, and I am definately not into that whole flag thing and think you can support the team without plastering yourself in black, red and gold. But because I am photographer, I started documenting the facades of soccer fan’s houses here in Berlin during the preliminaries of the World Cup in Brazil 2014, not expecting that the German team would make it to or even win the finals. If you follow my blog or >>instagram<<, you might have seen a lot of these photos already, tagged with #BERLINFANSIGHTS, but I thought I’d dedicate a whole post.
This tiny project took a bit over last week, and it was a task to chase Berlin for flag formations. I am very split apart about sharing these, because the hype about the team and the nation after the finals is irritating at times and shocking me a bit. I am happy that Germany won the finals, but the reactions and demonstrations of pride of some of my co-Germans (including the national soccer team) are not my style. These images are a document of this time, but I don’t approve, I just show. Please consider that and see these as an observation and a comment on what is happening these days, but nothing else (and while every 20th house or so was plastered in flags, 19 were not).
I think the picture of the steles at the memorial for the murdered jews is a remarkable one and should be seen as a reminder that this whole flag thing is a very sensitive topic here in Germany and that some people just go too far without thinking. And while a great share of Germany is drunken in pride and something we call “Siegestaumel”, there is also a huge discussion in public and private, if this is ok or not. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this as well.
All photos: Carolin Weinkopf via iPhone