To Olympia and Below

Last week there was a tragic act of violence here in Munich, near the Olympia Enkaufszentrum. My thoughts & prayers go out to all of those who have experienced loss as a result of this inexcusable act. 

I deliberated a bit before posting this, as I do not want to trivialize this horrendous event in any way or offend those affected. The people of Munich, their culture and the wonderful surroundings make this city an amazing place to experience, visit, live. I intend this simply as a reminder that the acts of one person should not succeed in undermining the beauty & spirit that is otherwise prevalent. 

There are numerous attractions near Olympia Enkaufszentrum. Perhaps the most beautiful is Olympia Park with its walking trails, lake, artistically designed stadiums and the iconic Olympic tower. But there is also beauty underground…

Most of my visits to Olympia Enkaufszentrum involve arriving or leaving on the U3 line of the Munich U-Bahn. I think this station is amazing! I have been here several times to photograph it from different angles and perspectives. It is almost always busy, but if you arrive here early, like I did on a Sunday morning (when all the shops above ground are closed) it looks like this. 

The shapes, colors, lines, lights and textures are captivating when you take the time to look around the station. The walls are covered with metallic pyramid elements that create interesting light and reflection effects.

This is one of my favorite perspectives…the center of the platform looking at the escalators. There is a lot to take in here, which is perhaps why I like it so much. 

I am a strong believer in taking a moment to reflect on the beauty around us. I find it both relaxing and inspiring…especially in the presence of grief, fear & reflection.