“A simple postcard with its restricted choice of landmarks printed onto the front and limited word-space on the back doesn’t capture the sense of the place you’re in or your story within it. To show that which is lesser seen and explore it with your own eyes and ears is the aim of this project.”
That’s the text that we’ve put on the homepage of the ‘Audio Visual Postcard’ website which we’ve just launched. The ‘our’ in question relates to myself and friend + musician Sam Hanlan. Together, we travelled to Berlin for a long weekend with the idea to capture what we saw and heard with my camera and his microphones and piece together a digital ‘postcard’ of our trip. We went to a combination of landmarks such as the Brandenburg gate and the East Side Gallery, but also to lesser known sites such as Teufelsberg, along with a healthy dose of stumbled-upon areas like Teepee land, discovered on bicycle rides. Crucially, it’s not a project which pretends to offer a definitive guide to Berlin, merely, a postcard centred on our personal experiences of the limited fraction of Berlin which we trod along on our long weekend away.
It’s a project which we hope will take us around the world, seeing and hearing interesting people and places. Next up, we’re discussing the possibilities of travelling to snowy Swedish fishing towns, long summer days in Iceland and the hustle and bustle of Istanbul. All of which will live on our dedicated website: www.avpostcard.com
Berlin Postcard, Photos and Sam’s wonderful 5 x Track E.P made from the sounds of the City: