Ali met my mum when she came to visit me in March. A few months later mum sent Ali and his boss some Australian coffee mugs via my uncle who was passing through Berlin. The other day Ali returned the favor, giving me a watch he got at the markets to give to my mum.
Instead of the usual apple in a bag, last week Ali bought me Turkish sweets which he had made himself. They were wrapped in paper towel, inside a plastic container, which was wrapped in foil, which was then placed in a small plastic bag. And they were very tasty.
Today is Tag der Deutschen Einheit, or Day of German Unity, which is a public holiday marking the anniversary of German unification in 1990.
The shop where Ali works was closed, and so he went to the apple orchards in Spandau with his boss and his son. I had to work, but Ali returned this afternoon with a small bag of apples just for me. He was then off to the local sports bar to watch the football team from his home town play.
This was taken late last week in the middle of a stretch of rainy days. After the excitement of the Lead Awards, it’s been a case of getting back to the daily routine for both Ali and I…Though maybe he’s been developing some new poses…?!
Last week I received the exciting news that I was one of three nominees for blog of the year in the Lead Awards. These are for photography and design in print and online media for the whole of Germany. And I’m very pleased to say that What Ali Wore won gold!
I asked Ali on Wednesday if he would join me on the trip to Hamburg. He initially declined as he was worried about falling behind on his work at the shop. And because he likes to be in bed by 9pm. However he changed his mind at the eleventh hour and so we set off on the train together on Friday afternoon.
When they announced that we’d won, Ali joined me on stage to accept the award, bowing and tipping his hat all the way to the stage. He definitely got the loudest applause of the night!
Perhaps Ali had an inkling of what a grey and miserable day it was going to be in Berlin today. I think it’s safe to say that summer is over for another year.
People tend to get going on the later side in the neighbourhood where I work, meaning there is usually no one competing for the frame with Ali as he is on his way out for the day. Last Friday he was in a bit of a hurry so I took some shots quickly. It was a nice surprise to look at the photos after and see the young fellow watching Ali have his photo taken.
Very much enjoying the hand on the hip here. Also another addition to the monochromatic outfit collection. It’s the first time we’ve seen Ali in so much camel!