The Albauen in Karlsruhe, Germany meander from the Rhine port (Rheinhafen) all the way past the main station (Hauptbahnhof). They cut under a lot of freeways and bridges, which are covered in a lot of graffiti. It was a lonely walk that November afternoon in 2013, which took a little over 2 hours – not very many people crossed my path. This series is sharing that sentiment with you.
The second photograph in the series shows the first two verses of a poem by Joseph von Eichendorff, “Frühlingsmarsch”. Loosely translated, they read:
“High above your worries
I looked from the mountain down to the countryside
Full of a thousand good mornings
Was the world abloom
Why do you hesitate so languidly and stupidly
What is beautiful will be yours
The world only pretends to be demure
And wants to be conquered”
This seriously has got to be one of the nerdiest graffitis I’ve ever encountered. First of all, somebody took it on themselves to spray it under a bridge right above the water (OK, this doesn’t surprise me THAT much), and second they had to have had some sort of Old German-type stencil to do it. Last but not least, it’s not someone’s sprayer signature, some figure or whatever – it’s EICHENDORFF. In my day, we had to learn all sorts of poems etc. by heart in school, so maybe this is some sort of cathartic measure to get it out of somebody’s system?
While not yet part of a project – if you’re interested in any prints from this series, please contact me!