Before I went to Cologne, everyone was all, 'There's nothing to do there!' 'Go to a real place instead!' ''It's super lame!'
And they were absolutely fucking correct.
Grapeseed?! Even their fucking crops are uncool.
You said it, street sign.
All of my photos are overly zoomed-in, to crop out as much of the surroundings as possible.
Once you get downtown, it's even worse.
Vertical strip malls punctuated by obsolete technology like horse-cops and cobblestones.
Deliberately narrow streets so you don't have to see it all at the same time.
See? Zooming again just to kill time. It's a citywide solitary confinement sentence.
Cologne's one claim to fame is this fucking upward sprawl. Old, check. Dirty, check. One photo is enough, but I took four. Out of sympathy.
Someone in Cologne told me that if humans disappeared tomorrow, this church would be one of the only structures left standing on earth in 1,000 years.
Maybe in Cologne, it just feels that long.