Earlier this year I visited Berlin with a few rolls of Kodak Vericolor that had expired in 1990. Since the East German government also expired in that year, I hoped to photograph some landmarks of their regime using the film. I was fortunate to be granted access to Hohenschonhausen, the main detention center for political prisoners (and setting for the movie "The Lives of Others.")
I had no idea what was going to turn out of these rolls. I was rating the film at 80 ISO to compensate for the almost 30 years of expiration and was relying on the shaky meter of my Pentax 645 in terrible lighting. This photo is of the room where prisoners were read the charges against them, which were almost universally without merit. I loved how the blues and warmer tones contrast and the red of the seat emphasizes the power of the prison guard.
Being able to photograph in Hohenschonhausen was both humbling and incredibly enriching on a creative level.