In Vincent Voignier and Barbara Bernardi's documentary series Nachtgestalten, which translates to “creatures of the night”, the duo document various people as they exit the esteemed techno mecca of Berghain.
Those who have spent a weekend inside the Berlin club will understand the peculiar feeling of walking outside for the first time after 48 hours of raving. Voignier and Bernardi capture intimate photos of Berghain patrons who are experiencing this unique cultural phenomenon.
“Is there a Berghain look? Here are a number of portraits showing how diverse and original the Berlin club culture and its protagonists are... Sometimes weariness produces a peculiar beauty; Cool, sluggish casualness or lostness. For the viewer, the images condense a moment: the feeling when one enters the glimmering sunlight with heavy eyelids and whistles in the morning.”
With the iconic wire fence, overgrown grass and dirt pathway as the setting, clubgoers pose for a quick snapshot. Like the two men in nothing but short, tight gym shorts and high socks, or the girl wearing a top that read “rape me”, these photos embody Berghain fashion.
For more on Berghain, here are28 tips on how to get past the bouncers, a Palace t-shirt paying homage to those who have been denied and a virtual reality game for people that want to know what it's like to face the bouncer. Read about why the door policy is so strict here.
View photos from Nachtgestalten via the gallery above.
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