Review of My Year 2008

2008 has been a great year for getting out and doing things. Jo and I are off to England and Wales later this week for our Christmas and New Year holiday, the fourth international trip this year, so I thought I'd post my end of year review ahead of schedule.

22nd December 2008 | Read more »

My Security Blanket

I'm not that good at small talk. I've spent much of my life being the quiet one in the room, in a group, in the office or at a party.

19th December 2008 | Read more »

Let your steps be velvet

Henri Cartier-Bresson, on the topic of the photographer’s intrusion on everyday life. Poetic, apposite and worth remembering. …approach the subject on tiptoe, even if it is a still life. Let your steps be velvet but your eye keen; a good fisherman does not stir up the water before he starts…

19th December 2008 | Read more »

The Present Christmas

I remember the time when those planning on doing their Christmas shopping had no choice but to psych themselves up for a battle in the shopping centres of the world; mixing with other well-willed gift givers and spending as much time waiting in queues as actually selecting presents. Engaging in…

17th December 2008 | Read more »

This evening in Spiez

This evening, I shall mostly be out with my camera and tripod, photographing the local harbour. Too cold. Perhaps another evening :-)…

16th December 2008 | Read more »

Bakery, Mattenhof, Bern, Switzerland

Not a direct copy of Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” but definitely inspired by it.

16th December 2008 | Read more »

Genius advertising

Genius advertising

Watch this video and you'll be glad you did. Watch it right to the end, when all will become clear.

15th December 2008 | Read more »

Manuel and Karolina

Taking portraits is always a great opportunity and I enjoyed taking photos of Manuel and his wife Carolina this past weekend.

14th December 2008 | Read more »

It starts

Our small Christmas tree is now standing illuminated in our office in Bern. See more [FliCHr Switzerland Christmas photos]( at Flickr.

12th December 2008 | Read more »

Lorraine Bridge, Bern, Switzerland

A wintry view of the Lorraine Bridge, near the main train station in Bern, Switzerland.

11th December 2008 | Read more »


This is one of those shots which just seems to work, despite the fact that it came about purely by accident. Well, mabye not by accident, but not in a planned way. It was taken in the bathroom of a conference centre near Zurich at the end of October, when…

10th December 2008 | Read more »

Zytglogge, Bern, Switzerland

The “Zytglogge” (literally, time bell) stands in the middle of the Bern, at the junction between the more modern shopping streets and the older, lower city. It was originally constructed in wood around 1220 as part of the old city wall and served as an entrance gate and prison. Once…

7th December 2008 | Read more »

FliCHristmas 2008

As in previous years, if you’re a Flickr photographer in Switzerland, please add a tag to your photos of Christmassy subjects to wish all of our “Switzerland fan” friends abroad a Merry Christmas! This year’s tag is __flichristmas2008__ and the slideshow is [here](… or it will be, when there are…

3rd December 2008 | Read more »

Desktop wallpaper – Kendal, England

The next in the series of desktop wallpapers for all you computer people :-) Flickr contacts can download a full sized copy of this image for personal use by clicking on the image above. The view is of Kendal, in the north of England on the southern edge of the…

2nd December 2008 | Read more »

A Gift From Mapple

My favourite quote: “I know that our slogan says ‘Think differently’ but our real slogan is ‘no refunds'” :-) Update: It would appear that Fox Entertainment strikes again. The video clip has been removed from YouTube.

1st December 2008 | Read more »