Villa « Le Lac » Le Corbusier and good vibes

Since a few years, the Villa « Le Lac » Le Corbusier has become an official training institution. Now the Association hires every year two trainees. The purpose is to get to know how a museum is managed, how projects are set up and learn about how to guide visitors through this place. This counts in their curriculum.

The Association has been blessed to have such wonderful, enthusiastic and curious colleagues, and who helped in the activity of promotion of this Villa, a little gem built in the twenties.

More can be learnt about www.villalelac.ch.

Running for life...while trying my new Fujifilm X-Pro2

Sometimes life can get tough... a camera, a brief encounter and a challenge... The Fuji X-Pro2 is a fantastic camera and despite not being a through-the-lenses devices, there is a perfect motion tracking giving possibilities for action shooting a strong possibility! Lovely Mara G. spontaneously entered the game and we both had a great time!

Patrizia Franconi
Mara Galzignato
Mara Galzignato
Mara Galzignato
Mara Galzignato

Rachel Maclean at Venice Biennale 2017

There are people/artists you just love at first sight. Rachel's wonderful spirit fills the room, helped by her contagious smile. Her work, "Spit Your Face" is iconic and I just can't wait to see her work now presented and some film festival! One can discover her world of images and get a flavour of it.

On May 15th, she was due to a Facebook live interview that I tried to document.

13 May - 26 November 2017
Chiesa di Santa Caterina, Fondamenta Santa Caterina, 30121, Cannaregio
Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 6pm, free entry

Curated by Alchemy Film and Arts (Richard Ashrowan) in partnership with Talbot Rice Gallery and the University of Edinburgh

Rachel's contagious' smile

Rachel's contagious' smile

Rachel Maclean
Chiesa di Santa Caterina, Fondamenta Santa Caterina, 30121, Cannaregio

Chiesa di Santa Caterina, Fondamenta Santa Caterina, 30121, Cannaregio

Last minute briefing by Richard Ashrowan

Last minute briefing by Richard Ashrowan

Rachel Maclean

Rachel Maclean, during interview

Rachel Maclean, during interview

Discovering Isabel Villanueva at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia (Venice)

Nothing better than to start a week high of expectations at the Biennale Venice 2017 with a grandiose discovery at the Academia, Isabel Villanueva powerfully interpreting Bach’s Suite no 2 (interp. for Viola). - During the refreshment, I couldn’t help to congratulate her and to challenge her onto taking a few shots.

I was doubly impressed to know she often comes to Switzerland and will have the pleasure to hear her soon in the UNESCO’s protected territory of Lavaux in Cully. What a sunshine.

www.isabelvillanueva.com
www.facebook.com/isabelvillanueva.viola

Paintings by Philip Guston, curated by Dr. Kosme de Barañano, staged by Hauser & Wirth

Paintings by Philip Guston, curated by Dr. Kosme de Barañano, staged by Hauser & Wirth

Isabel Villanueva

May 8th, 2017

Isabel Villanueva
Isabel Villanueva

Fred M. and wine tasting

Wine tasting can be a good thing. You try out good wine but more importantly you meet interesting people. Fred M., was one of them. I had the pleasure to meet him at Château Constellation in Sion, with his friend Gérard Depardieu, giving a special touch of kindness and good humour with all the people he would great. That's more than PR.

Wine tasting with Fred M. and his friend Gérard Depardieu 

Wine tasting with Fred M. and his friend Gérard Depardieu 

Fred

Preparation of "Le Croque Madame"

First residency "Le Croque Madame" with the Boomers of the company "Les choses qui font BOOM" (Faustino Blanchut, Léonard Lesage, Sébastien Olivier) at Cultura18 in Giubiasco. Preparing a performance begins with some improvising and I had the great pleasure of being there during those first movements and see how they were unfolding! "Le Croque Madame" is about the impact  a mother has on her son and how it conditions his relationship to women: thirst, itching and joy! (see pictures)

Léonard Lesage, with Faustino Blanchut & Sébastien Olivier

Léonard Lesage, with Faustino Blanchut & Sébastien Olivier

Call me Daniel!

I was in a very intimate gathering of approximately 20 or so people and a friend introduces me to this gentleman. After a while he extends his huge hand, a sincere shake, and says "call me Daniel...". A modest man, with a sharp gaze, observing and listening, but with a very sturdy backbone - something that the observer I am could not miss - was modestly interacting with all the guests. Then we discussed and spoke about his books and about his story... I can only invite you to discover it: Daniel Pittet Mon père, je vous pardonne, survivre à une enfance brisée. 

Watch his testimony in french on the Radio Television Suisse.

Daniel Pittet, bibliothécaire

Daniel Pittet, bibliothécaire

It is published by Philippe Rey (link) and can be purchased in most libraries and on Amazon.

Follow me...

You're in a fair and you see some faces. Then, one out of many stands out because they are kind, discreet and  smily. This is what happened with Bianca, a young performance artist but also employee of a cultural department. "Come upstairs with me... it will only take 5 minutes..." and this is the result.

Lorenza Cini, a discreet photographer

Over the years I've had the privilege to meet many photographers, but seldom do they show so much discretion as Lorenza Cini! -  She was moving like a cat and attentive to all details  as seldom seen. But as many photographers who hate being in front of the lens, I was able to drag her into getting her portrait done. Her incredible work can be discovered here www.lorenzacini.it.

Lorenza Cini in action

Lorenza Cini in action

Another closing...

National roads are kept open all year round in Switzerland. The Nufenen Pass is an intercantonal road and gives its rendition once snow comes in sufficiency. Sometimes it's closed as of the 15th of September, and sometimes fare later on like this year. Here some last shots taken during the month of October and November. See you again in May 2017

Last stroll before the weather was moving in...

Last stroll before the weather was moving in...

View from the Valais-side

View from the Valais-side

Closing the season

Besides photography I have the privilege  to be the secretary of the Villa "Le Lac" Le Corbusier in Corseaux, recently nominated part of the UNESCO world heritage.  To help this architectural diamond to flourish we have the chance to have some "stagiaire" (trainees) work with us and help the visitors learn and discover this jewel.  closing the season means also celebrating the hard work, something I definitely never miss.

Spring in autumn

It is always interesting to take first timers. You never know what's going to happen. Most of the time its about getting at ease and some photographers are just brilliant with that. They have a great sense of psychology and some of them use a kind of dog and pony show for the final warm up and some like Platon, just get bearly 3 seconds to convince a head of state to pause and do the most incredible magic...

In this case it was a 15 minutes talk during our drive to the location. There we did same cat-walking...and to her surprise, I asked her to take pictures of me. I needed a few shots and she did a great job at it...

Antigone - Fragments of a myth

Antigone - Fragments of a myth. According to Sophocles with excerpts from Jean Anouilh

Being a photographer during the final rehearsal can be quite tough because what is scheduled often ends up being something quite different.

However it is also one of the greatest privileges because of the tension that is drawn upon the actors. Here again it was one of these very special moments that makes one unaware of time, while being embedded in the magic of the creative process that finally sees the light as it was dreamt. So here the Stillwasser Kollectiv - lead by Christian Seiler - produced its own interpretation of Antigone in the most compelling way, engaging the public to think about our troubled times.

"Sophocles' Antigone, one of the world’s most famous theatrical works, has been presented and adapted several times. Aware of this, our collective wishes to privilege physical engagement all the while conserving the original text and its strength. By combining text, movement and dance, our objective is to revisit the myth of this young woman, brave enough to stand up against authority."

INTENTIONS OF THE COLLECTIVE

Born in spring 2016, our collective, which brings together artists from Switzerland and elsewhere, has the goal pf reaching a large and international public. Multilingual and multicultural, our collective is concerned by the issues of language and the corporeal means to apply in order to cross linguistic borders. It tries to find – through a universal language – the creative madness, rational and free, communal and individual, that one carries inside of him.

The colour photos can be seen on the Directors website: cseiler.ch

The exercise of responsibility

Sometimes the exercise of responsibility or leadership can be a lonely affair. As a photographer, it is always a privilege to spend some time with someone of whom you will make a portrait.  In those moments of intimate repose, you can better understand what stands behind someone in that role. 

Giona Pifferi, politician and entrepreneur, Mayor of Vico Morcote

Giona Pifferi, politician and entrepreneur, Mayor of Vico Morcote

Giona Pifferi

Going up the Nufenen Pass in September

Contrary to the Simplon Pass, the Nufenen Pass reaches 2500m. You leave this beautiful valley riding up from Brig to enter a moon-like atmosphere made of a windy road which finally leads to Canton Ticino (Val Bedretto). A few years ago a single windmill had been installed and now three more have been added and are among the few representations of civilization in that desolate but majestic area. What catches your eyes and senses is the "minerality" of the scenery.

Split rock near bridge on the way up

Split rock near bridge on the way up

On the way to the Nufenen Pass, with it's newly built windmills

On the way to the Nufenen Pass, with it's newly built windmills