Latest blog posts

  • 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.
  • 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 […]

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

1,324 blog posts published since 2004

8,433 photos published since 2005

16 years online