Postcards from Berlin examines the idea of being an outsider

Image by Veronika Ban

Not your average "wish you were here", Postcards from Berlin is a book of images that marks the culmination of a public art project that asked, "What is Berlin?" from the perspective of an outsider.

The Postcards from Berlin project was orchestrated by Timelapse, a public art project helmed by writer Tim Free and designer and painter Brian Neish.

The pair collaborated with two Berlin-based artists to create pieces including oil paintings, text and photography. "It's been over two years in the making, and a labour of love at times," says Free.

The Timelapse Project is based on the spirit of the UK’s Mass Observation Movement, which ran from 1937 until the 1950 and "sought to generate material records of the everyday lives of people and their environment, in both urban and rural communities," as Free puts it.

The book is now stocked by the Southbank Centre in London, and it's hoped the project will soon develop into an exhibition or short film.

We came across this wonderful work in a roundabout way, via another brilliant artist, Jack Medley, who met Free on a train platform at stupid o'clock in the morning and got in touch with us to shout about his work. The moral of the story? Keep sending postcards, and always talk to strangers on train platforms.

 Newborn by Abdulsalam Aj

Newborn by Abdulsalam Aj

Image by Brian Neish

Image by Brian Neish

Zug Fallt Aus by Abdulsalam Aj

Zug Fallt Aus by Abdulsalam Aj

Image by Brian Neish

Image by Brian Neish

Image by by Veronika Ban

Image by by Veronika Ban

Postcards from Berlin cover

Postcards from Berlin cover