Transparente Demokratie

Transparent Democracy

We recently visited Berlin and I have just finished editing some 85+ images. Concurrently I was seeking out an image for a camera club competition which denotes structure. So as I was looking through these images I paused upon on this image of the Reichstag Dom. Germany to her great credit has decided not to bury a painful history but to deal with the challenges of history head on. The Reichstag dome is a large glass dome with a 360 degree view of the surrounding Berlin cityscape. The debating chamber of the Bundestag, the German parliament, can be seen down below. A mirrored cone in the center of the dome directs sunlight into the building, and so that visitors can see the working of the chamber. The dome is open to the public and can be reached by climbing two steel, spiraling ramps that are reminiscent of a double-helix. The Dome symbolizes that the people are above the government and that german democracy is transparent. Within the building are images of the building immediately after the war it was simply a shell – so to witness this magnificent reconstruction and to witness this “Transparente Demokratie” was a highlight of our visit to Berlin. (Wikipedia)


  1. A wonderful photo opportunity and SO many choices for a composition ! I was there some years ago on a somewhat grey wintry day .
    Lovely shot .

    1. I have to admit taken loads and loads of shots finalising on about 3 I was happy with – I will return to shoot it at dusk where I feel it takes an unearthly feel

  2. The building is perfect for some architecture pics… We both experienced this, I think! 😉 Nice. 🙂

  3. That’s a wonderful picture, Scott, of what sounds like a most interesting building. I imagine the views must be magnificent.

    1. Yes the view are great but can merge in to one and other as there is so much going on close by – you can get out on the roof too but for some reason – I didn’t get round to that. To shoot the dome from the roof in early dusk with the lights just showing would be a peach of a shot

    1. Well Susanne – I was hugely impressed with Berlin it was a genuine honest city – a great mixture of old and new – great food and I loved the pils 🙂 I will definitely return – I will probably blog a small gallery of the trip so keep watching.

  4. Great shot! And have I ever mentioned how much I really like your header full blown like it is! It truly gives your images that extra punch.

    1. Yes it offers real punch – doesn’t work with every shot but as I shoot predominately in 16:9 it works for me. Berlin was magnificent especially the museums

    1. Michael remember most of it was pinched from Wikepedia with only a few inputs from myself – if I could truly write like that I would be blogging to your standard 🙂

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