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Permanent Tourist

A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

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The view around the corner at Susten Pass

Susten Pass, Switzerland

Finding a magnificent view of a scene I know well, by going up a little road and turning a corner.

Stunning

Wyssebach Falls, Susten, Switzerland

There’s a trend these days for people to use the word “stunning”: from tabloid newspapers to t.v. presenters. And their use of the word so often makes everyone else use it. A view of the sea: “stunning”. A fashionable dress: “stunning”. A film star looking average on a red carpet somewhere: “stunning”. I think that use of the… (Read More)

The best little tripod

It’s not all about the size.

Hike to Steingletscher

A long-held ambition fulfilled: to hike to my favourite glacier near the Susten Pass in Switzerland.

Glorious Corners

I adore the way that the road curves around the boulder, how a single tree grows from the top of this boulder, how the road is cambered to lean cars into the centre of the bend, how there’s a small parking place next to a well in the middle of the hairpin, and how there… (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.

At sunset over the Susten Pass

Unexpectedly beautiful colour, and me without my tripod… a hurried pair of shots using a balled-up coat on a rock to steady the camera, stitched together to make a panoramic shot of the approach to the southern side of the Susten Pass after sunset. Taken a few minutes before this one.

The only one for me

My light in the darkness, who has more patience for my photographic madness than I could imagine in a thousand dreams.