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Permanent Tourist

A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

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Lake Brienz at Oberried, Switzerland

Welcome to London

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A wonderful, high-resolution hyperlapse video of London by Italian photographer Mattia Bicchi.

Square landscapes with the X-T1

Where my love for the square image format comes from, and how it is achieved in the Fujifilm X-T1 digital camera.

The Quest for Inspiration

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This is the trailer for “La Quête d’Inspiration”, a documentary film by Mathieu Le Lay about the experiences in the wilderness of French landscape photographer Alexandre Deschaumes. You can purchase the full-length film at Reelhouse.

Brentjong satellite earth station

High on the mountainside, near Leuk in the Rhône valley between Brig and Sion, stands the Brentjong satellite earth station. It has been an intercontinental communications hub, via a range of satellites under its control above the Atlantic and Indian oceans, since 1974.

Jaw-dropping aerial views of Switzerland

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A twenty minute film in association with Swiss Tourism, showing tremendous aerial views from around Switzerland.

Memories of Thirlmere

An old haunt, which I first visited in very similar conditions in the mid 1990s. This weather and this landscape were where I first began trying to take “proper” landscape photos using a Mamiya C330 on loan from a friend and mentor. I used to drive around the English Lake District fairly aimlessly, looking for… (Read More)

Going the extra mile

I decided to take advantage of glorious warm weather and the Easter bank holiday to visit the closed stretch of road near the upper reaches of the Susten pass in Switzerland.

New galleries online for Brienz and Spiez

The extensions and improvements to the Permanent Tourist website continue apace, with new galleries in the Photography section.

Katzenstein, Spiez

A winter landscape photograph of the “erratic” Katzenstein rock, which once rested at Innertkirchen but which made its infinitely slow way west to now rest above the lake in Spiez.