22 April 2012


Show a little faith, there's magic in the night.

(Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road)

Hamburg, Germany.
April 2012.
300 seconds, F/10, ISO 50.
This is too beautiful to upload in the usual small size.

I'll climb more than a mountain
Swim more than an ocean
I'll build up an island
I'll live for a lifetime

Just give me a reason and I'll come running
When I have reasons, I know the way
I'm pointing my feet in the right direction
Give me a reason

(John Farnham - Reasons)

I worked the whole weekend and I'll be working tomorrow evening as well... so when - finally! - the rain stopped, I packed my camera backpack and tripod and drove to the other side of town... the view is amazing... it's peaceful... I love to watch the waves... 

My friend Oliver, with whom I used to play football in London, spent a year exploring Asia on the back of a motor scooter before returning to the UK. Back home in Twickenham, Oliver must've got bored - anyway, he decided to apply for a work placement with an international company... it was around that time that we spoke about his plans, and of course I tried to convince him to come to Hamburg - successfully, as he let me know a few days ago: He'll be living and working in Hamburg from the end of June until the end of December.
I don't think it's got anything to do with the Beatles, but Hamburg seems to be our favourite destination in Germany. Look at that view in the picture above and you'll know why I love this city... and unlike London, Hamburg's skyline hasn't been ruined by a building like The Shard.

Goodnight, and have a great week!

- Dom


Jenny Woolf said...

I've heard so many people say that Hamburg is a fun city. I looked at the tourist board stuff and they didn't seem to have much there but all those people can't be wrong. I am glad Oliver's coming for a while, it's always great when old friends move nearby, I think it broadens the world out a bit

Have a good week!

Sy said...

Beautiful shot Dom. Love the reflections on the water.
I hope you guys had a great time catching up again. :-)

Halcyon said...

Definitely a beautiful city!

Siddhartha Joshi said...

Haha...I didn't know about The Shard! Googling about it now...its going to leaving a lasting impact on the skyline for sure!

Dominic Doherty said...

Thanks for your comments!

JM said...

Awesome reflections!

Dominic Doherty said...

Thank you!

Emm said...

Ha ha. I love the Shard! How lovely that your friend is joining you in Hamburg! My friend recently visited Hamburg and didn't like it. I couldn't understand as I know you like it so much. She said it was the social problems which are not so obvious in other parts of Germany.

Dominic Doherty said...

There are social problems indeed... then again, Hamburg has an umemployment rate of 7.3% (the national rate being 6.6%), whereas 30% of working age Londoners are jobless. There are considerably less social problems than in the UK. The only thing that surprised me when I first came here were the many beggars.