Latest blog posts

  • Working with WordPress on a laptop at an airport

    WordPress hooks and hook attributes – how to use them more efficiently

    Explaining how to use WordPress hooks, and how to fine-tune them to improve legibility and code efficiency.
  • The memory moon

    When the full (-ish) moon rises above Interlaken at this time of year, it always reminds me of a photo my Dad took in south Wales many years ago, where the reflection wasn’t on a lake but on the smooth surface of the sea off the coast of Freshwater East.
  • Remote working

    The beginning of 2019 saw a huge change for me; both having an office close to where I live and gaining the freedom to work wherever I want to be.
  • Rain storm over Macclesfield

    Softness of the rain

    Often, it’s nature and not the camera which creates a photographic effect.
  • Development and community; interview with Matteo Enna

    Back in May, Sardinian ”open source evangelist and programmer” Matteo Enna got in touch and interviewed me for his blog.
  • Loch a'Chroisg, Scotland

    26 megapixels in the northern Highlands of Scotland

    After buying a Fujifilm X-T3 camera, I took it out into the Scottish Highlands between Garve and Torridon to capture the remote landscape.
  • Lightly child, lightly

    “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. So throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck […]
  • 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.

Latest Instagram photos

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

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.


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

1,326 blog posts published since 2004

8,436 photos published since 2005

16 years online