Whilst moving some archive images to a new data drive I stumbled across a number of shots taken during my days living in Berlin.
During those 5 euphoric years of Berlin groove I used to bump into a regular gig goer called Pete. Pete was a kind of mini legend, as he was rumoured to go to 400 gigs a year - yep, often 2 or more during a night. Bands and DJs who passed through the Berlin scene said that they recognised him in the audience as he would always attend and buy merchandise afterwards. Some were so familiar with his presence, their management would set aside something as a gift. Genre wise, Pete loved the lot - from hip-hop, indie, minimal and electro to techno, flimsy experimental, big beats and straight rock.
Early one morning in the long closed down 103 Club on Falckensteinstrasse I spotted Pete chilling on his own looking like he commanded the room. I said that I had to grab his portrait for prosperity and he agreed. I just loved the mix of reds drawn across the oh-so hygienic floor, wall, his t-shirt and the ornate upholstery.
Moments before I took his shot, the younger guy just sat down and in a flash I felt that the frame's counterpoint worked better with his contrasting look and vibe included, so I took one frame as I wanted the new guy to feel as relaxed as possible.
I wonder where Pete is now? I do hope he's well and still burning Berlin's nightly flame.
JPEG metadata informs me that I took the picture at 01:01:38 on 28th April 2007.