Posts about Switzerland

Switzerland, a quadrilingual country in the middle of Europe, has been my home since 2001.

Keep Calm and Fit In

I was recently interviewed for the website expatarrivals.com and asked for my thoughts on life as a foreigner in Switzerland. Here’s the transcript of the emailed interview.

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Studio training course in Bern

I ran a course earlier in the year on the subject of portraiture and lighting, which was very well received by the attendees and which I really enjoyed organizing. I’ve been planning to run a similar photo course for a while now, and have decided that the next event will take place on the weekend […]

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The thronging crowd

As I wrote earlier in the week, I was honoured to be allowed to show 20 of my photos from the One Frame Movie series at the 50th anniversary show of Pix Mix in Bern this week. I hadn’t quite anticipated the number of people who would be attending and during the break, I quickly […]

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Presentation this Wednesday in Bern

I was delighted to be accepted for the 50th edition of the monthly Pix Mix event after applying some weeks ago. As a result of this turn of luck, I will be presenting 20 images from my series One Frame Movie from 20:20 this Wednesday evening at the Dampfzentrale in Bern. I’d love to see […]

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Vote for your favourite Jungfrau photo

I’ve submitted five photos to an Interlaken Tourism competition, whose subject is the Jungfrau mountain in the Bernese Oberland. If you have a Facebook account, please pop over and vote for your favourite amongst the following photos. Thank you in advance!

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Moving on

I’ve been living in the area around Spiez since moving here eleven years ago and my home for the vast majority of my time here has been in an attic flat at the top of the road leading to the lake and castle. Jo moved to live with me in 2006 and we’ve had a […]

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Open Show in Lausanne

I was delighted to be invited to submit to the upcoming “Open Show” in Lausanne, an evening of photographic presentation by a small selection of photographers, and honoured to have my submission confirmed earlier today. I’ll be showing twenty photos from my One Frame Movie series next Thursday evening, 18th August, at the Espace Carbu […]

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The ups and downs of life with a foreign currency

To illustrate the precise depth of the devaluation of European currencies, I thought I’d share a few figures with you to explain how the fluctuating values affect me. As I’m British, and Britain still has its own currency (the pound sterling) instead of the Euro, I’ll compare the Swiss franc with the pound. When I […]

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The Secret Restaurant

Well, it’s not much of a secret restaurant for locals, as the car park is often busy and it’s right next to one of the local, small ski areas on the rolling hill slopes above Spiez in winter.

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Zermatt’s Famous Goats

For six weeks in the summer every year, young children under the watchful eye of a more experienced adult lead the local half brown, half white goats through the streets of Zermatt twice a day.

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Back in Zermatt

Zermatt is one of the Swiss destinations most well-known outside Switzerland, thanks mainly to its proximity to the Matterhorn, probably the most famous mountain in the country.

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On another scale

I recount my first experiences with the open source panoramic image stitching software Hugin, after a tip-off from my friend Habi.

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Portraiture and Lighting course in Zurich

My all-day coaching session on 11th June 2011 took place in the grounds of the ETH at Hönggerberg in Zurich. I’ve used this location several times before thanks to the size and variety of potential areas in which to take photos; from modern architectural detail to green lawns and trees.

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Wedding moment

A touching and unusual alternative to the wedding book; guests at a German-Swiss wedding present the couple with flowers and individual written notes of goodwill.

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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.

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Found You!

The latest image in my One Frame Movie series, photographed on the covered wooden bridge at Hasle bei Rüegsau in the Emmental valley.

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Rose garden… before the roses

The Rosengarten (Rose Garden) in Bern is high on the hill to the east of the city, with fantastic views across the Aare meander and the lower part of the old city.

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