The Berlin Wall, June 2007
At first glance, this might look like nothing more than a rather nice urban photograph. But that’s not just any bit of battered concrete, it’s The Berlin Wall. Dividing East and West Berlin for 28 years, the Wall symbolized the cold war in action within a single country. The East sought to stop its citizens from leaving for the West, where it was believed there were fortunes to be made. Its eventual destruction, and the freedoms that followed, was a defining moment in the late 20th century and marked the death knell of the cold war.
With all the history that is attached to what is an icon of the last century, this photograph manages to make it look rather small and unimportant. It’s battered and covered in graffiti. The tree sprawling in the foreground would have presumably been kept in check back in the day, for fear of people trying to scale the walland cross over. Now, it just does its own thing with nobody to bother it.
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