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

Tempus fugit... looking into archives

Usually as a photographer you take pictures and go on and move forward. But as time goes by, those archives become memories. This morning I fell on this picture taken many years ago. His was taken during the Gen. assembly of the SGAM-USAM which took place in Lugano and where member of Parliament Bruno Zuppiger was appointed president of the organisation.  he died just a few years ago at the very early age and I couldn't help smile as his looks just a few minutes before walking up the stage.

Bruno Zuppiger in Lugano, May 2010

Bruno Zuppiger in Lugano, May 2010

Swarovski jewelry and the girls

A few months ago a good friend of mine decided to complete a paperweight set started by her father many years ago. The design on the paperweight represents the castles of Bellinzona, monuments which are classified at the UNESCO for their beauty but also for their particularity.  And here she asks me to complete the unfinished collection! (...more...)

 

Meeting Chiara Cavazzoni

For the exception of very well seasoned photographers, organising a photo shooting is something that can be quite unpredictable. In several cases, you have no idea who will be showing up and what type of experience they have in modelling.  Six ladies from all ages showed up and none had ever paused for a photographer except when applying for their passport. To make everyone at their ease, I showed them some basics and it turned out to be a very entertaining and giggly moment.  And here I had the pleasure to meet Chiara,  a very energetic young lady who showed a natural playfulness combined with a great sense of humour.  

A few days after the shooting she contacted me and we spontaneously organised a meeting in the house of the neighbour. The swiftness in her mouvement here in front of the mirror was just a prelude to a great and fun session.

Preparation, backstage

Preparation, backstage