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(March 15–21, 2006)

Stefania Zangrando

My Childhood Border

Michael Zander

Alter Elbtunnel

Hamburg, Germany

March 19th, 2006-2 p.m.

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© 2006 Michael Zander, All Rights Reserved.

Borders - this also implies right away everything in relation to crossing borders.

What I have picked for this topic is crossing borders to a number of respects.

First of all - it's a tunnel. Its located in the centre of Hamburg in Germany. It is crossing a river and, unlike borders which usually separate, connects the city with an island in the river and overcomes the river as a border. The island as such is part of the Hamburg free harbour, free as duty free. Duty free for free trading but separated from the non-duty free city by a border, watched and protected by German customs. Duty free and isolated. The tunnel crosses this border as well (but you will have to go through customs though).

When construction was completed in 1911 it was also crossing borders in the technological sense. With its 420 meters of length and the open diameter of 6 meters for each of the two tubes, 24 meters in the ground but 12 meters of water above it, it had been quite a challenge at the time.

It is connecting - while separating to protect.
Please see here the Hamburg official page with some reference to this building:


Here my homepage on this project with the equirectangular projection shown also. It has a quite interesting symmetry:


Europe / Germany

Lat: 53° 32' 44.89" N
Long: 9° 57' 59.97" E

Elevation: 0

→ maps.google.com [EXT]

Precision is: Unknown / Undeclared.

Nikon D100, 12mm, Manfrotto 303sph, PTgui and Pano2QTVR
Behind the scene : how this panorama was made
Here more details on how the panorama was created as special interest was expressed:

Camera: Nikon D100

Lens: 12-24 mm/f4

Focal length used: 12 mm

Exposure: 6s at f16

Pan head used: Manfrotto 303sph

#-pictures taken: 24 in total, 8 hor/3 vert

Stitched with: PTgui

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