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Permanent Tourist

A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

Free photo show in Bern

I will be speaking and showing a collection of photographs at the English Speaking Club in Bern on Thursday 17th September, from 9 p.m.

After the success of my last talk at the club, at which I showed a couple of dozen of my people and street photographs, I am pleased to have been invited back for a second free evening by president Corinne Oegerli. This time, instead of people photographs, I intend to show a selection of photographs on another theme which is close to my heart. The name of my website, Permanent Tourist, reflects the fact that I feel like a tourist wherever I am, having moved from the UK to Switzerland around eight years ago. Thanks to making my home in a foreign country, I see everywhere with the eyes of a visitor; whether it’s in the region of the Bernese Oberland which I call home, in England – where I grew up – or further afield.

The photos which I’ll be showing this time will play to many of the club members’ tastes and will show certain aspects of Britain through my eyes. From the white beaches of Scotland to the piers along the south coast, many of my favourite places in the land of my birth are right on the edge of the country. I have photos of cliffs, beaches and piers; pictures of wilderness, rain-lashed clifftops and dilapidated concrete facades; once glorious and now reduced to tacky plastic shop fronts.

The pictures I’ll be showing will cover the wide range of reasons why I love the area around Britain’s edge and I hope that you will all be there to have a drink, sit back, and enjoy the show.