Old Film Photo: A Police Car In Berlin
I wanted to test the Google Photo Scan android app but it seems that both, my tablet and smartphone are not supported. I then tried an alternative app called Photomyne and it’s not too bad but not outstanding. Of course I shot film too back in the days, for example in the at the end of the 80`s or in the 90`s but also around millennium. So, I have a rather large stack of analog photos, or film photos in my cabinet. Mostly of family and friends, or places we’ve been together. But it seems I experimented back then too, and I shot photos of different things without people, but I don’t have too much of these photos. Here is one…
The photo was probably shot in 1999 or in 2000, maybe even 2001 because we’ve been to the Loveparade in Berlin all the mentioned years. So, what you see is an old German police car driving through the Großer Stern square and Victory Column in Berlin. They actually had much more modern cars already at that time, but when 1.6 million people are about to arrive to celebrate love, peace, and harmony… and electronic music of course, then you better get out all your cars, including old-timers (laugh).
I was always mad that I was not born at the time when Woodstock in the USA was a thing. But I realized I experienced something very similar. I experienced history, and I am pretty sure that younger people will be mad too that they’ve been born too late when they find old videos of the Loveparade on YouTube. All those years with the Loveparade, they are now contemporary events. This is something you don’t experience every day, because until today it is in my memories as if I visited another world. Obviously, because it was also about experimenting with drugs, but also because the amount of people, it was absolutely insane to see such masses. Think about it, 1.6 million people dancing around the Victory column, it was mind-blowing.
I also have some photos where you see parts of the masses, all those people having fun together. I might scan them too and upload them but I don’t have many because I’ve been there to have a fun time. I just recently talked with a friend about it, and he said “Remember the amount of people and how peaceful it was”, and he continued “Today it wouldn’t be possible anymore because it would be an easy target for terrorist attacks because it was way too public”. I think he is right, this is not possible anymore. As you saw in the photo, we had police monitoring the event too, but some of them did even drink beer, or some were dancing too. What I mean is, there was absolutely no threat, it was just about authorities making sure to be present.
We’ve always been there very early, to get the best spots near the Victory Column. That means the photo was shot many hours before everyone else arrived.