You have to hurry up if you want to see something, everything disappears. (Paul Cezanne)

Daniel Anhut Fotografie

Frankfurt am Main

I recently had a 2-day seminar in Frankfurt about psychiatric and socio-pedagogical work with refugees. Since I had never been to Frankfurt before, I stayed an extra night to explore the city a bit more. I was mainly on the road in the evening and night, so I planned to capture the lights of the city and the really nice skyline of Frankfurt.

Especially on the banks of the river Main you will find many beautiful viewpoints for the skyline. Besides, you can also walk along the Main very pleasantly. What I quickly noticed was that Frankfurt is a city full of contrasts, from my point of view the contrasts clash much more directly than for example in Berlin. Everything seems to be much more concentrated and close, like the skyscrapers of the financial corporations that grow into the sky almost directly behind the old town. And if you go a little further you end up in the vibrant but often very run-down quarter around the main station.

If I had had more time, I would have liked to have wandered further through the quarter at the main station, because the wild mixture of people of different backgrounds and social classes was very exciting not only for photography. In contrast, i found the old town rather boring, it seemed to me more like a tourist friendly, but somewhat soulless postcard scenery. That's why I hardly took any pictures there. All in all, I have to admit that I didn't find many areas in Frankfurt so exciting or worth seeing, so the selection of pictures is not that varied. But maybe I just didn't discover other exciting corners on that visit.

A highlight for me was the visit of the Maintower with the amazing view from a height of 200m. It was very cold, very windy and very impressive. Afterwards I enjoyed a photo-free "Frankfurt evening" with specialities like apple wine and green sauce in a traditional restaurant. That was really an exciting experience, often strangers sat next to each other, people laughed and sang. I can't say whether it's always that way or whether it was only because of the local soccer team' win. Anyway, it was a great atmosphere and a nice end to the evening.

During my walks I also discovered a bar on top of a multi-storey car park. I wasn't in the bar, as it was very crowded, but the view from the parking garage was worth the visit anyway. Before I left Frankfurt and headed back to Berlin I visited the Fotografie Forum and by chance i also discovered the Struwwelpeter Museum, both visits were very worthwhile.

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