Berlin in winter is a freezing cold, beautiful city of contrasts. Everywhere you look there is beauty, both ancient and modern. Wonderful typography to drink in on every station platform, so much so that I had to keep interrupting my journeys to museums and gardens to hop off underground trains just to capture the different typefaces, coloured tiles and magnificent pillars. If graphic design is your thing I highly recommend a visit and a transport pass - currently 30 euros for a 7 day pass for all types of travel across the main city areas. You won't be disappointed by what you can see on any ordinary day just by 'riding the rails.'
'Wonderful typography to drink in on every platform'
During my recent trip, I took maximum advantage of the travel pass and, being well bundled up against the bitter cold and wind, also walked and walked around the city just looking at everything. with my camera in my pocket. I find this an exhilarating process for my visual senses and if I'm feeling stuck with a project or even before starting a new one, it always helps with gathering ideas and inspiration. I am very happy with the everyday-ness of ordinary things and love to see how the outdoor food markets are arranged and what food is in season. Passing by a huge pile of shiny aubergines and bright green pears was a feast for the eyes, even if I couldn't buy any that day, but the colour combinations remain in mind and still delight me.
'explore the hidden beauty in the details of your place'
You can do this on any day, even in your home town by looking for the hidden sights and colours that get missed in the hurry of a busy life. Try using your lunch hour or a free afternoon to travel visually where you live and explore the hidden beauty in the details of your place. If you own a smartphone never forget that you have an incredible tool in your pocket, use it to capture some of your own favourite sights and see where it leads. Maybe the photos are a way to remember a lovely weekend or a useful reminder to stay awake to the beauty of your surroundings and its possibilities, but either way, I wish you many happy visual travels in 2018.