In Berlin's Kreuzberg district, ethnic Turks almost certainly outnumber ethnic Germans.
This photo is almost a hipshot: I'd worked out the aperture and focus for the distance to these kids, but the shot itself was not otherwise "set up." A happy accident, I'd say, because it looks a lot better this way than if I'd taken the time to get a level horizon line, and certainly a lot more candid and spontaneous.
Shot with Ilford XP-2, a film I like a lot because it has wide exposure latitude, and is about the only black-and-white film which develops with the C41 process used in all those "1 hour photo" places, but it produces damn respectable B&W negatives.
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