Insel der Jugend (Island of Youth) – In A Berlin Minute (Week 132) [HD] from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.

The Insel der Jugend (Island of Youth) located in the Spree River section of Alt-Treptow, actually changed its name to Insel Berlin (Island Berlin) in 2010. But I prefer the more poetic name.

The first time I came to this island was for some goth, punk or rave party (who really remembers the details?) with my friend Elke when I briefly lived in Berlin in the early 90s. Last year Scott, Judith, Simone and Julia rode our bikes to the island, met Arturo and spent the best Easter under the blooming trees. To film this video I returned to the island with Elke. It was a very difficult and sad day for me and it strikes me now, how beautiful and serene the island comes across in the images on a beautiful, colorful autumn day.

It’s comforting to think that no matter how difficult your day or your life is, nature goes on living and showing you its beauty.

The song is “I’m Givin’ Up” by Jason Matherne. Download “I’m Givin’ Up” for free via Soundcloud. Check out his Facebook page for links to more (free) music.

This video is the first one I’ve uploaded in 1080p. Let me know what you think about the picture quality. Still playing around with some settings.

Also for the first time I allowed the video to be 1 second longer to let the song play out a bit better. Btw, YouTube always ads 1 second into the count. Not sure why.

Insel der Jugend – Island of Youth – Insel Berlin

You can look at more photos from this video shoot on my personal blog: Insel der Jugend / Island of Youth – Photos

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