This shoot at ad edgy abandoned spy tower – Teufelsberg in Berlin, Germany – with Manu & Roberto was GOALS. Oh, we had such a time exploring the little nooks and crannies of this WWII relic. I was thrilled to be their photographer in Berlin. This was my second time back to this city and hanging out with them while in town made my trip even better!
This story is about Emanuela, who also goes by Manu, & Roberto. These two have been living together in Berlin for a couple years and loving their lives here. Since they’re both from Italy, Germany (especially Berlin) is a very different kind of place!
After meeting through work in Luxembourg, they couldn’t deny their chemistry and got together. And these two! You can tell they’re passionate about each other, about life, and full of so much energy.
When it came to talking about their photography session, they were game for whatever their Berlin photographer (me!) suggested. And Teufelsberg, Berlin got all of us on board.
Teufeslberg is an abandoned spy tower in the forests of Berlin. Check out this article from Atlas Obscura. Which is a great source for finding cool, weird stuff in the world.
I’d seen pictures of this place for years and as a huge fan of street art around the world. And, like usual, the live experience of being in Teufelsberg was far better than any photos could show.
Sadly, the upper tower levels were finally closed off by the Berlin government for being too dangerous. While we knew we wouldn’t get the same crazy views, we still had an incredible playground to explore.
When I met up with Manu & Roberto at Teufelsberg, I had already been there a couple hours scoping out the scene and relaxing. We did a relaxed loop around the building, stopping to take photos in places that caught our eyes.
This is what I love about photography sessions that are not restricted to an hour. We have time to relax and get comfortable with each other. This gives us plenty of time to get authentic, relaxed photographs where you are just focused on each other and this adventure.
So we strolled around exploring different levels, moving through pitch-black hallways, climbing up staircases to see the city. Lots of the art is satiric and even raunchy. We stopped in front of pieces that made up laugh.
Manu & Roberto were having so much fun exploring this cool place (that they took a train to after work!). It was really a treat to all of us!
Once it got dark, we walked back through the forest to the train. Roberto thought ahead to bring a couple beers for the walk and we went to their favorite bar in their neighborhood. I had one of the best cocktails of my life there. We had a very fun evening together.
As a photographer in Berlin, this is the kind of Berlin I wanted to see. Places that show history and culture, people in love, and that typical Berlin grime ;).
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