Rotten apple. Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. © Matt Lemon Photography. All Rights Reserved.
“Rules are important, but they’re temporary and they’re always supposed to be changed.” ~ Johnny Rotten
“Holidays in the Sun” was the last single of the Sex Pistols with singer Johnny Rotten (John Lydon). The song was inspired by a trip to the Channel Island of Jersey. “We tried our Holiday In The Sun in the isle of Jersey and that didn’t work. They threw us out.” Afterwards, the band spent a couple of weeks in Berlin, about which Johnny Rotten said: “I loved Berlin. I loved the wall and the insanity of the place. The communists looked in on the circus atmosphere of West Berlin, which never went to sleep, and that would be their impression of the West.” The above photo was taken during a recent holiday in the sun (at the Ruhrpott), from where I returned to Berlin and moved to the neighbourhood I lived in as a kid, when Berlin was still a divided city and my home town was surrounded by walls to the (political) East.