Teufelsberg

Berlin is so inspiring. I don't only mean it for its vibrant life, respect for different points of view and cultural offer. I mean it for its amazing recent history. You don't find many places on earth with such a heavy background as Berlin's. 

The most interesting thing is that Germans don't refuse to deal with their past (as most of the Spaniards do with the Franco Era, for example). They face it and try to learn from it. You see, for instance, many germans writing their theses on the Nazi Period, you easily see signs of where the wall used to stand all over the city, memorials for the deported jews are found in front of the houses were they used to live… 

On top of it, there're a whole bunch of amazing abandoned places that work as living memories of the past of this town. Teufelsberg (German for Devil's Mountain) is an example. 

Teufelsberg is the highest hill in Berlin. It rises about 115 meters in the north of the Grunewald forest (in former West Berlin). It's an artificial hill which was heaped up after the Second World War from the rubble of Berlin. Its location is not accidental. It was built to bury a Nazi military-technical college designed by Albert Speer. Pfffff… 

During the cold war, the americans built one of their largest listening stations on top of the hill to listen to Soviet and East German military radio frequency messages. The buildings and radar domes still remain in place.

When you wander the ruins of this abandoned structures you do feel kind of weird. Believe me. I wonder why...

Tomás Correa

Berlin, Germany

I was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) in 1974. In 1992 I started to study photography in my home town. After some years I moved to Berlin to go on with my studies and get a wider view about photography. After working for many years in the design and advertising industry and having photography as a scape, in 2009 I decided to put more effort on my own projects. At the moment, I'm focussed in a personal search that's helping me to understand what I want to express, artistically speaking. Or is it the other way around?