Jen Osborne
Jen Osborne - Berlin

Jen Osborne is a Canadian photographer whose work has been published and exhibited internationally. She was raised on Vancouver Island, in small-town Courtenay. Her career as a photographer was started by a yearlong work contract with Fabrica, the United COLORS of Benetton Research Centre, in 2008. Jennifer has an interest in portraying people who feel a need to escape.

Jennifer has exhibited in group shows at various venues including: Arles 2010, Aperture Gallery, The Museum de l’Elysée, Studio La Città, Azzedine Alaïa, Art Basel Miami, Catalog Gallery and CarréRotondes. She was named one of Canada's top emerging photographers in both 2010 and 2011 by the Magenta Foundation. Jen is also a part of the ReGeneration2 book publication and traveling exhibition. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Pride Photo Award under the “Chameleons” category for her work in Vancouver, Canada, and she placed 2nd in Photovisa IV’s “The Face” competition.

Jen currently resides in Berlin, Germany, where she continues to work as a freelance photographer and produces personal work.

 

Möckernbrücke U-bahnhof (Transport)

Berlin by Jen Osborne

Möckernbrücke is a station of the Berlin U-Bahn network in the western Kreuzberg district, named after a nearby bridge crossing the Landwehrkanal. The bahnhof (train station) is part of the first Stammstrecke route of the Berlin U-Bahn opened on February 15, 1902. As the station also served the nearby Anhalter Bahnhof the original building was soon getting too small to cope with the rising number of passengers. It therefore was demolished and replaced by the current station opened on March 25, 1937. Severely damaged by air raids it was closed on January 30, 1944 and not reopened until June 16, 1947. I like it here for the spookiness and feeling of impending doom that it has on a rainy day.

Address
Möckernbrücke | U-bahnhof 10963 | Berlin

Nightlife (Other)

Berlin by Jen Osborne

Everyone knows Berlin is a mega party city, but it is not a generic type of party that is easily found in other cities. Berlin attracts a number or eccentric weirdos, and it is great to go people watching at nearly any venue within the city. This specific image reveals a dance party, featuring American Bounce musician Katey Red and her crew performing at Sudblock.

Dreifaltigkeitsfriedhof (Cemetery)

Berlin by Jen Osborne

Cemetery of the Dreifaltigkeitsgemeinde (Dreifaltigkeitsfriedhof) in Kreuzburg on Mehringdamm 22, between Zossener Strasse and Blücherstrasse. The grandson of German-Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, is musician Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn who was born in Hamburg and lived in Berlin from age two. Felix Mendelssohn and his family are buried in the middle of Kreuzburg at the Cemetery of the Dreifaltigkeitsgemeinde. Today it is administered together with its 5 neighbouring Protestant cemeteries by the cemetery administration St. Jacobi number I.

Address
Dreifaltigkeitsfriedhof | Bergmannstraße 39-41, 10961 | Berlin

Berlin Bornholmer Straße station (Transport)

Berlin by Jen Osborne

The is an old geisterbahnhof, or railway station, in the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin, Germany. It is served by the Berlin S-Bahn and the M13 line of the Berlin Straßenbahn. The station opened on October 1, 1935, at the junction of the Nordbahn line from Berlin to Stralsund with the railway line to Szczecin where the eponymous street named after Bornholm Island crossed the tracks. As Bornholmer Straße station lay right at the Berlin Wall it was closed on August 13, 1961, turning it into one of Berlin's ghost stations, passed by eastern and western S-Bahn trains without stopping. After German reunification Bornholmer Straße was reopened on December 22, 1990. Today, you can still go there to see remnants of the wall, and where people flooded in when the wall came down in 1989. (In the evening of November 9, 1989, thousands of East Berliners and GDR citizens assembled at the bridge demanding entry to West Berlin. At 9.20 p.m. local guards were the first to open the checkpoint and allow people passing through freely to West Berlin, where they were greeted enthusiastically. The event marked the commencement of the fall of the Berlin Wall.).

Address
Bornholmer Straße station | Bornholmer Straße station, 10439 | Berlin

Rixdorf (Area)

Berlin by Jen Osborne

Rixdorf is definitely my favourite area of Berlin, because it is a historic village within in Berlin. At the moment it is under heavy construction, and I found this strange, nearly taken-down building sitting in the middle of the quaint neighbourhood.

Address
Rixdorf | Treptower Str near Böhmische Str | Berlin

A View From The Tracks Outside Sonnennalle Ringbahn (Other)

Berlin by Jen Osborne

I often go exploring into random and dilapidated areas of Berlin. I like the thrill of find new nooks and crannies with strange visual sites. A few months ago, an old housing colony was abandoned, and many opjects, such as couches and front doors, were left at the edge of the city to rot or to be scavenged. This is a view from a non-descriptor area of the S-bahn train tracks (between Sonnennallee station and Treptower Park station) into the most Southern part of Neukölln district.

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