Wilfred - Bio (Organic) Shop Keeper in Morgental (Zurich)

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Another portrait of Wilfred (an old family friend) outside his Bio (Organic) Shop in Morgental, Zurich. Forming part of my environmental portrait series.

 

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.


Caroline - Dress Maker

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Environmental style portrait of my talented sister in-law who works for  the Zurich Opera House 
in the costume department. As a treat for us she organised a trip to one of their costume stores,  
great fun was had by all exploring all the wonderful costumes and props. Caroline studied fashion and design in Cape Town, and she now also makes dresses and handbags etc to order in Zurich. 


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.

Lady Jayne

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Portrait of my daughter 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. 


Always in Vogue

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A rare square format photo in my photostream (thank you Instagram for showing me the way here. I am ever so in love with this style of Mercedes, and maybe it has something to do with childhood, and these being the epitome of success and affluence, not that affluence is necessarily something that drives me. However, there is something about Mercedes Benz from the 1970’s and 1980’s that really still appeals, and in my opinion these are still good looking cars, and love when opportunity presents them to my lens. 

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.

Doors of Perception

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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)