TFI Thursday

So this is what it feels like to be on a last day at work. Not much different from any day over the past few weeks, as I began winding down some time ago and I completed all the clearing out of desks, drawers and files last week. Today, it’s just finishing up bits and pieces here and there, deleting…

TFI Thursday

Storm Approaching

This is a rapidly conceived and executed shot, as a big storm headed in from the Simmen valley from western Switzerland. I saw the distant clouds being illuminated by lightning (which accounts for the varied colouring in the clouds) so I grabbed a tripod and framed my shot from our living room window, setting exposure and taking a…

Storm Approaching

“Good” photography

View this photo at Flickr » I had an interesting chat with a friend of [Nick](http://nickyoon.com/)'s on Saturday evening, which brewed into quite a heated discussion about the perennial photographic question of what makes a successful picture. [Clive](http://www.clive-evans.com/bio.html) questioned my point of view that I am able to achieve perhaps five or more good photographic images out of…

“Good” photography

Ilona in Wollishofen

A friend who will be moving away in the not-too-distant future. I wanted to take a “proper” portrait before she leaves and shot this portrait in a graffiti-ed children’s playground in Wollishofen, after we all visited our friend Nick Yoon’s exhibition. I wanted to separate Ilona from the background,…

Ilona in Wollishofen

Learning a lot, a little at a time

This is a short (ten minute) outtake from David Hobby‘s workshop DVD set, which is on sale for US$139. The price seems steep for “just” a DVD, but reconsider: what you’re actually getting isn’t just a film, but an in-depth tutorial over eight DVDs (over ten hours of content) which has the potential to seriously improve your photographic…

Learning a lot, a little at a time

Wedding trip part 1: Switzerland to Reims

I love travelling back and forth between Britain and Switzerland. Although it’s a long way, the journey is made pretty easy by the fact that most of the long haul is through France, where undulating countryside and unfamiliar landscape provides a level of interest and flat, straight, empty motorways make a journey with cruise control hardly stressful at all. Having…

Wedding trip part 1: Switzerland to Reims

Strobism in the old city of Bern

I’ll be photographing a band in Bern at the end of next week with a couple of friends and so Jo and I headed to Bern last weekend to scout out some locations. We headed for the lower, older part of the city below Kornhausplatz and wandered down through Rathausgasse, stopping off at St. Peter and Paul and then…

Strobism in the old city of Bern

St. Peter and Paul, Bern, Switzerland

This is the seat of the Swiss reformist catholic church in Switzerland, formed in 1871. The cathedral is comparatively modern, having been built next to the city hall between 1858 and 1864, and was the result of an international design competition, won by a group of architects including Frenchman Pierre Joseph Edouard Deperthes, the architect of the Hôtel de…

St. Peter and Paul, Bern, Switzerland

Life amongst death

A visit to the ruined city of Pompeii is primarily about history, destruction and death. But there is a great deal of life there too; not just the tourists in abundance, but also a wide range of gardens and plants which have flourished amongst the dusty courtyards and cobbled streets. Beautiful hedges, flowers and trees are a welcome relief amongst…

Life amongst death

Long Days on the rails

I received a letter from my new employer today, detailing the first weeks of my employment and lots of interesting sessions they have planned, from “getting to know you” time in the office in Bern to “an hour with the CEO” at the Zürich office. Starting on my first day, I have meetings and sessions with a range of people…

Long Days on the rails

General Abonnement

By my reckoning, I have made the journey between Brienz and Spiez nearly three and a half thousand times in the past seven and a half years: a phenomenal number of trips backwards and forward for a person who used to long to abandon the car and travel in relaxing comfort on public transport. Back in the days…

General Abonnement