Looking back from the past

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Taken in the Landesmuseum in Zürich with my 50mm prime. Such superb light, and a non "uber" busy museum allowed for some interesting shots of people enjoying the peace and quiet of the museum, without getting in peoples space to much. In this shot I really like how the portraits of the people running along the top of the wall seem to be gazing down benevolently from the past onto us the viewer and the elderly woman sitting on the bench.  I must admit to being a bit of a fan of a museum, and I can highly recommend visiting this one if you are ever in Zurich.

Self Study

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So, here I am continuing with the self portrait theme. This was just an off the cuff idea that I liked and wanted to begin exploring without getting to technical on the get go. Someone mentioned on my Ipernity post of this image, that they thought the composition was to central, and I agreed with them to a point. However ...  sometimes I think we get too caught up in the technical aspect, and forget to just let the idea flow and see what happens  (and don't get me wrong, I am all up for getting something "just right" technically too). Someone else then backed up my viewpoint, so really its all subjective in the end and dependent on the eyes of the beholder. Someone else then  also commented as follows, and this really tickled my fancy (or should I say my ego); " Remarkable; you seem so  "intimate" there, in your "space" and yet far away too. 

Self Study

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So here it is, something different for me, and a slight role reversal too, normally behind the lens, now for a change in front of it.  A self portrait , a study of myself. A way to understand my place in the environment of now, the future , the past. All blending and melding into one. This scene was taken at my sister in'law Caroline's house in Zurich. I loved the clean lines of the bedroom and the warm lighting, as well the arrangement of minimal objects in the room, in particular the tailors dummie and that wonderful lamp framing my head. The placement of the suitcase on the bed suggesting impermanence and a sense of transience, and my looking out the window a suggestion of travel and movement to places new.  I took a number of photographs in Caroline's house when we were there , and I love the house for its quirky nature and her very personal sense of taste and style.


Mother Hen

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Portrait of my lovely wife Sara holding a chicken in the Swiss Alps. We were visiting an old family friend for the day at his place in the mountains above Rapperswil, and he was proudly showing us the fantastic chicken coop he had  recently constructed. Needless to say there were then photo opportunities with live chickens to be had.  


Man and his true best friend forever

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Portrait of Thomas who is an old family friend. This was taken 2 Christmas ago in the mountains above Rapperswil, when were visiting family in Switzerland. I think I have caught a real moment of perfect communion here between dog and master, and which for me really symbolises the loving almost symbiotic relationships that are established between dog and owner, that transcends the master servant relationship and becomes a true and loving friendship.



Roman Legionnaire

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Portrait of my son taken 2 Christmas ago now on a family holiday to Zurich. My talented sister in-law works for  the Zurich Opera House in the costume department, and as a treat for us organised a trip to one of their costume stores,  great fun was had by all exploring all the wonderful costumes and props.

Willing Worker

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Following on from my post the other day entitled "One day I wish to have this kind of time", this scene was a little further along, and in fact you can see the red truck in the back ground in that photo. One thing you can certainly say about Switzerland, and that is that the sense of orderliness and everything having its place extends across all aspects of Swiss society from Urban to Rural. 

One day I wish to have this kind of time (Sic OTT)

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This was taken in the mountains above Rapperwil in the Canton of Zurich. We were visiting my sister-inlaw ex husband, and he took us on a walk. I was fascinated by the assortment of odds and ends by the side of the road,  and in particular by the old short wheel base Land Rover which appeared to have been turned into a cart of sorts.  The title for this photograph is taken from a track by the same from musician OTT on his "Mir" album (well worth a listen in my opinion).

An American Abroad

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Another continuation in my Americans Abroad photographic series, this time of a Cadillac which I photographed up in the mountains outside of Zurich. I liked the timeless feel of the car against the snowy backdrop of the railway tracks, and how the American car contrasts against the  Swiss style architecture which creates a kind of unease as you realise there is something quite surreal about the scene.


All along the platform

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This street scene was captured in Zurich at the main railway station known as the "Hauptbahnhof"

"Zürich Hauptbahnhof is the largest railway station in Switzerland. Zürich is a major railway hub, with services to and from across Switzerland and neighbouring European countries such as Germany, Italy, Austria and France."

The text in the above description was taken from Wikipedia

Max Bill's Pavilion Sculpture

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The granite "Pavilion Sculpture" by Max Bill is a key work by the concrete artist from Zurich. It has stood on the Bahnhofstrasse since 1983.

The Swiss artist Max Bill created his walk-in Pavilion Sculpture in 1983. The granite sculpture is based in a top location on the corner of the 
Bahnhofstrasse / Pelikanstrasse. With its clear lines, the “Pavilion Sculpture” counters the hustle and bustle of the Bahnhofstrasse and 
brings peace, order and relaxation to the area.

Max Bill made a name for himself as an artist, architect, painter, graphic designer and sculptor. His success ensured that he became a focal point 
of the Swiss art scene in the 1930s. He devoted himself to concrete art, which aims to translate abstract ideas into concrete objects

(Text taken from Zuerich.Com)

Langstrasse

 

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Taken in Zurich around the Langstrasse area, and where people with camera's are viewed with suspicion due to the amount of illegal immigrants.  Generally, and not restricted to this area, I had a few funny  experiences photographing in and around Zurich with people putting there hands over their faces, and in the most part I wasn't necessarily trying to photograph them in particular, but rather the scene in the street, strange when you think about the amount of tourists that pour through the city. Just the way it goes sometimes I suppose.