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Permanent Tourist

A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

Lucerne

Rigi Kulm, Switzerland

The hotel, station and television transmission relay tower on top of the Rigi mountain in central Switzerland. I love how this turned out: it looks like a model railway, but is, in fact, a real mountain peak.

Matthorn, Switzerland

Helicopters are a common sight in Switzerland, in particular when you’re hiking on the higher peaks of the alpine region. Here, a tourist helicopter passes in front of the Matthorn peak, near the summit of Pilatus.

Pilatus Kulm

The mountaintop hotel, restaurant and visitor complex on Mount Pilatus, between Lake Lucerne and the forest cantons of Obwalden and Nidwalden, is a marvel of structural engineering. An ugly one, but a marvel nonetheless.

Evening Cruise

Ask anyone who knows me well, and they’ll probably be familiar with me excusing myself during dinner to step out and photograph the sunset.

From whence much of it comes

From my first photographic steps to my love of travelling around the U.K. by car, my Dad is an inspiration and always has been. Happy birthday Dad!

Càirdeas

Through Jo’s contact with the Whisky Experience, with whom she is working, we arranged a photoshoot for Scottish folk music band Càirdeas this weekend at the Hotel Schweizerhof in Lucerne. The guys come over from Scotland on a regular basis to play gigs at places like the Pickwick chain of British pubs and at whisky… (Read More)

Scottish band Càirdeas

Through contact with event organiser “The Whisky Experience”, I arranged a photoshoot for Scottish folk music band Càirdeas at the Hotel Schweizerhof in Lucerne. The guys come over from Scotland on a regular basis to play gigs at places like the Pickwick chain of British pubs and at whisky tasting events. The staff of the… (Read More)

Choo Choo, Funk am See Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland

Welcome, visitors from the CHOO CHOO website!

Dream come true

When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I dreamed of becoming a band photographer. I couldn’t imagine being stage-front because of the regularity of the shots, but more a portrait photographer; taking bands out and taking photographs of them looking moody in grotty locations. Thanks to Dan and the rest of the… (Read More)

Choo Choo at Funk am See, Lucerne, Switzerland

Swiss band Choo Choo call their music “60s garage pop”, drawing influences from 60s teenage beat, pop and soul as well as contemporary garage rock. I have photographed them in the Dälhölzli woods and back lanes of the old city of Switzerland’s capital, Bern, as well as at the Funk am See open air festival… (Read More)