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A Visit to Berlin’s Abandoned Spreepark

To view more photos and videos from Spreepark, explore the Spreepark Berlin / Kulturpark Plänterwald location page.

Just outside Berlin lies Spreepark, an abandoned East German amusement park. Kulturpark Plänterwald, later known as Spreepark, opened in 1969 and at its peak was host to over a million visitors a year. In 2001, however, only 400,000 people visited the park and it was closed down the following year.

Today, locals and tourists alike risk the trespassing fine to view and capture Spreepark’s headless dinosaur sculptures, roller coaster cars filled with leaves and Ferris wheel that spins slowly in the wind. Maxim Mestovsky (@mestovsky), a user experience designer from Minsk, Belarus, recently visited Spreepark on a trip to Berlin and shared his experience on Instagram. “You have to take a train through a mountain and over a lake then climb a fence to get into the park, but when you do, it’s beautiful,” he says. “The old Ferris wheel creaks, abandoned boats are strewn about. I don’t understand why they don’t sell tickets still! Maybe that’s the charm of the park.”

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An Office Romance with @kathyryan1

To see more of Kathy’s #officeromance photos and videos, follow @kathyryan1 on Instagram.

"The ‘Office Romance’ (#officeromance) series started when I saw a zigzag of sunlight hit the stairs in our office one day. From that moment on I realized how extraordinary the light is in this building designed by Renzo Piano,” says New York Instagrammer Kathy Ryan (@kathyryan1), the Director of Photography at The New York Times Magazine. “It is very crisp and bright because the windows are clear glass, with no green tint, and the building is sheathed in white ceramic rods, which reflect the light in such a way as to make it even more heightened and dramatic. I didn’t really see this remarkable light at first. The Instagramming opened my eyes.”

Capturing the light at the New York Times Building has become a passion and near-daily ritual for Kathy. “I am always looking for the poetic moments in office life. I never cease to be surprised by how light can transform the most ordinary objects into something special,” she says. “The office life is a huge part of many of our lives and yet it is rarely documented or celebrated.” Kathy often comes into work early or stays late to shoot the best quality of light in a calm office. “The photo department is on the east side of the building, so it is flooded with light first thing in the morning. Sometimes at the end of the day, I head up to the 14th and 15th floors on the western side of the building, where the light of the setting sun is amazing.”

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