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.

I occasionally write long-form autobiographical posts in my blog, which you can find collated as The A To Z of Mark. Alternatively, you’ll find more on this “about me” page.

Latest blog posts

  • St. Martin's in the Fields, London

    The huffy church warden

    If you’re huffy, you get what you deserve.
  • Letter size comparison by Alexander Andrews @ Unsplash

    Font sizing for the web

    There are three main options for setting the size of text in the web using CSS. The font size can be set in “pixels”, in “EM”s or in ”REM”s. It can be a little difficult to understand where the differences lie, and which unit of measurement is correct.
  • Faro della Vittoria, Turin

    Faro della Vittoria, Turin

    The monumental lighthouse statue “Winged Victory” atop the Maddalena Hill in Turin.
  • Crocuses at Rämisgummen

    Photographing the crocuses and the view from Rämisgummen in Emmental.

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

WordPress

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

1,316 blog posts published since 2004

8,353 photos published since 2005

16 years online