It’s a Matter of Taste—a creative project by Jägermeister—called upon these art lovers to travel to Berlin and explore their distinct taste in art (history) and fashion. Sven Signe den Hartogh is known as an award-winning young photographer and painter, producing work that unifies the real and the magic. Whilst his girlfriend, Nina Elise van der Meer, runs an online clothing store and works as a designer and stylist. Discover the second part of their trip here.
Nina: “In my own Etsy-shop, The Deer Collective, I sell vintage and customised clothes. Whenever I’m in a new city, I search for vintage stores to see whether I can find something for my own business.”
Sven: “What I admire about Nina is that she knows what she wants—she’s aware of her taste—and how she translates that into her work.”
Berlin is a city where the old and new become inseparably intertwined; old-style photo booths are scattered around the city (despite everyone owning smartphones) and paying in stores and cafés with a card is near to impossible. Similarly, Sven likes to bring back an analogue feel to his photography.
Sven: “What’s special to me is that there’s still room for this type of film art in the digital era, and the fact that people take their time to stop and cherish the moment.”
Nina: “You’ll find these photo booths all over Berlin. I think that’s cool; it’s actually very old school when you think about it.”
As the day drew to a close, Sven and Nina visited Kreuzberg, ending up in a bar that’s reminiscent of a trippy, Tim Burton-like world.
Sven: “Wow, this bar reminds me of Alice in Wonderland. The furniture is stuck to ceiling, as if the whole world has been turned upside down.”