With my wife Jo in Zermatt, 2015

About me and the site

I’m Mark; a photographer, web developer and blogger living in Switzerland. Permanent Tourist is my personal website. I came up with the name because I try to live like an interested visitor, whether at home or elsewhere.

I occasionally write long-form autobiographical posts in my blog, which you can find collated as The A To Z of Mark. Alternatively, you’ll find more on this “about me” page.

Latest blog posts

  • Delivering mockups for WordPress Gutenberg

    How to mock up a website design when every page can be built individually and controlled completely by the editorial staff.
  • Oberaar, Switzerland

    Hiking to the Oberaar glacier

    Hiking along the milky Oberaarsee to the ice cave at the terminus of the Oberaar glacier.
  • Those damned Reds

    I met with a client yesterday at their modern office in a part of central Bern which is a former hipster area and which is plagued by graffiti artists and substance abusers. Although the building is new and freshly-finished with some attractive brickwork, it’s only a matter of time before it, too, will be sprayed […]
  • St. Martin's in the Fields, London

    The huffy church warden

    If you’re huffy, you get what you deserve.

Photographic projects

The Red Makes It

Using a single colour as a focus point

In Public

Observational photography

One Frame Movie

Conceptual portraiture

Aerial photography

The world from above

Big Wide World

Panoramic photography

WordPress

Back in 2001 and 2002, I collaborated on a piece of blogging software called b2/cafélog. After the original developer stopped working on the project, it was taken over by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little and re-released as WordPress in May 2003.

Since then, I’ve been using WordPress for personal and business projects, both as part of my day job and also as a freelancer. In the late 2000s, I began contributing to the community as a plugin developer, and the first WordCamp conference in Zürich in 2014 led me to begin contributing to the Swiss WordPress community. WordPress is currently the most popular content management system in the world, by quite a long way.

Sharing my experience at WordCamp Zurich in 2019

Some statistics about the website

1,319 blog posts published since 2004

8,382 photos published since 2005

16 years online