Time to guess! Whose flippers are these? Hint: I shot the photo last weekend at Parc des Oiseaux, and they belong to one of their biggest birds.
Most of my photos are composed and shot on a tripod, but sometimes you just have to improvise. Like when this roseate spoonbill suddenly decided to perch just next to a flock of tourists, pose for a selfie and look straight into my camera lens. What a poser!
Together with friends, we drove up Le Soliat, a mountain overlooking Lake Neuchâtel. The north side of the mountain forms Creux du Van, a rocky cirque 1,400 metres wide and 150 meters deep. It’s probably one of the most spectacular landscapes I have ever seen and photographed. The sky was perfectly clear, and as the sun set, stars started to appear, and eventually the Milky Way too. What an amazing sight, and what a beautiful world we live in.
A snap of Frankenstein’s monster walking through Geneva, where much of Mary Shelley’s classic novel actually takes place.
Earlier today, I discovered this fantastic, yellow and vertigo-inducing spiral staircase in a Geneva parking garage. It reminded me of beautiful stuff by Gaudi and Hundertwasser. I spent 20 good minutes rigging my camera gear and making the necessary adjustments to get the final picture right. Luckily, all the shops were closed, so I was pretty much alone in the entire building.
This photo from last night is one of the most complicated, yet satisfying, photos I’ve shot in a long time. Together with my little photography student, we drove up the mountain to catch the sunset. We already knew the location and had a pretty clear picture in mind of what we wanted for the final photo to look like, but the shot involved some major challenges. Bringing out the sunstars and flares required a wide-angle lens, a very small aperture and therefore a slow shutter speed. With so much backlight, proper exposure of the sky – while maintaining detail in the foreground and on our backs – was only possible with a graded neutral density filter and a couple of flashguns. I guess the photo could have been produced through HDR and some serious editing, but it was much more rewarding to lug all that gear up the mountain, rig the flashes, take our seats, watch the sun set over the Jura, and let the camera work its magic.
The Mont Blanc massif as seen from a viewpoint on the Salève. Reminds me of Toblerone, although the mountain on the packaging of the Swiss chocolate – unless memory fails – is the Matterhorn. Anyone?
This little guy is also happy that spring is early this year.
13 degrees Celsius, flowers starting to bloom, birds chirping loudly in the trees and this dog chasing down the forest road very excitedly. It seems like spring has sprung early in Geneva. Bienvenue!
Josi and I stopped by a skate park today and as we pulled out our cameras, a group of boys started showing off their skills on skateboards, bikes and scooters. This dude was particularly talented, jumping high and far. Sadly though, most of them didn't wear any helmets or protective gear.
Just got back home after a very interesting mission to Pakistan. One of the most emotional moments of the trip happened when we visited a vaccination site in the slums of Lahore. In a hot and cramped room of 3x3m, mothers patiently waited to get their children a shot at life. After snapping a dozen of images, I sat down on the floor and showed a little boy this photo of him and his mother. The mother’s eyes smiled as her son poked at the camera in amazement, like he had never seen one before. I wish I had brought a Polaroid, so that they too could remember that moment forever.
Snapped this photo just next to the Hans Wilsdorf Brdige in Geneva. Very pleased with the composition, highlights and shadows. The scene reminds me of City 17, the dystopian metropolitan area in Half-Life 2.
Some might call them “rats of the sky,” but I like the way pigeons look and the cooing sound they make. Here’s a snap of a pretty one perching next to river Arve, enjoying the arrival of spring. Coo! Coo!
Built in 1894, Le phare des Pâquis is one of Geneva’s most popular sights. It is located on an artificial peninsula, just next to the famous Bains des Pâquis. I shot this photo on a crisp and clear January morning, just as the sun was rising over the mountains.
Today, we went back up the Salève to discover an observation point with this breathtaking view. As the sun set, the hamlets in the valley started to glow, the mist spread beneath the mountains, and the highway transformed into a vein of gold flowing slowly through the landscape. Glorious!
27 December 2015 will go to history as one of the mildest winter days I’ve spent in Geneva. With little snow on the mountains and a massive fog covering the city, we drove up the Salève to catch the l’heure bleue. Snapped this photo of – what I believe is – Annecy.
"Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream." – Malcolm Muggeridge (British journalist and satirist). The photo was shot close to pont de la Fontenette in Geneva.
A group of Chinese tourists capturing the moment next to the St. Pierre Cathedral in Geneva. Say cheese!
The Jet d'Eau is one of Geneva's most famous landmarks. I shot this photo on 24 October 2015, when the fountain was illuminated in blue to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.
Perigean full moon – or supermoon – captured in Geneva on 29 August 2015. A supermoon happens when there's a full moon at the same time as the moon reaches its closest point to Earth.
A skilled wakeboarder enjoying the action of riding the waves on Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Snapped the photo from Quai Wilson, standing just next to Parc Mon Repos.
"The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire." – Pamela Hansford Johnson (English novelist and social critic). The photo was shot at Lake Grönbo in Sweden.
Love this photo! Our daughter Josephine with grandma Inger’s Icelandic horse Hjosadis (I think that’s how you spell it), a coolish summer afternoon in Bergshyttan, Sweden.
Now these two look too alike to not be twins! I cannot remember their exact name, but I think they are antelopes. The photo was shot at Kolmården Wildlife Park in Sweden.
“Chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans have been living for hundreds of thousands of years in their forest, living fantastic lives, never overpopulating, never destroying the forest. I would say that they have been in a way more successful than us as far as being in harmony with the environment.” – Jane Goodall (the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees). The photo was shot at Kolmården Wildlife Park in Sweden.
The white-handed gibbon is a beautiful, captivating primate and a master of agility. I had the pleasure taking photos of this little fella enjoying his lunch on a tree branch at Kolmården Wildlife Park in Sweden.
Birds are fascinating creatures, and bird photography is a particularly satisfying branch of photography. I captured this little crow last summer in Sweden. He seemed very interested in my camera gear, posing for a minute or two. I decided to call him Rolf.
A couple of Siberian tigers, also known as Amur tigers, playing (or arguing) a summer afternoon at Kolmården Wildlife Park in Sweden. These giant cats are just too impressive!
The soothing sound of a rushing waterfall brings peace to my mind. This great little spot can be found just next to Lienshyttan (the old ironworks) in my hometown Riddarhyttan, Sweden.
A pair of leather boots on ground covered with “Bergslagssten” (slag), a glass-like by-product of iron smelting. The colors of the slag come from minerals and elements within the iron ore.
Meet Roy, the Borador living with my parents in Sweden. He is 12, but still full of energy and joy. Here he sprints down a forest road in Bergshyttan. Go Roy!
Not sure what's happening here. The champs dressed in blue seem to be up to no good, and the gentleman to the right looks pretty uncomfortable. Snapped the photo in Örebro, Sweden.
A peacock in the botanical gardens of Geneva shows off his very long, elegant and colourful plumage. I didn’t see any excited peahens nearby, but his dance was mighty impressive!
Bruce Wayne’s Lamborghini Aventador, unveiled in 2011, is without doubt one of the most exotic cars that money can buy. I spotted this matte-black beauty cruising down Rue du Rhône in Geneva.
There are as few as 4,000 snow leopards in the wild and approximately 600 in zoos around the world. I enjoyed taking photos of this little flock at Zurich Zoo.
The blackbird is one of our most common birds, but also one of our most vocal, with a beautiful song that can be heard throughout the year. In the spring, we are lucky to have a couple of them hanging out in the garden.
A couple of years ago, a bird whisperer (the guy who trained the owls in Harry Potter) told me that it would take about a week to teach a clever-looking owl a simple command, while it would only take a couple of hours to train a raven (my favourite bird) the same thing. Appearances are deceptive!
Unlike this frozen footprint disappearing with the arrival of spring, Armstrong's footprints on the Moon will be there for a million years. There is no wind to blow them away.
Meet Felix, a very old and wise tabby living with my parents in the deep forest of Sweden. Like most cats on the farm, he likes chasing mice in the barn and catching birds for fun.
“The Eye was rimmed with fire, but was itself glazed, yellow as a cat’s, watchful and intent, and the black slit of its pupil opened on a pit, a window into nothing.” – Frodo seeing Sauron in The Mirror of Galadriel
A skull with a pair of antlers decorating the entrance to a little red house in the Swedish country side. Impressive and frightening, but why would someone like to share the souvenir of a kill?
Found this old snap in my archive. I think the area is called Coulouvrenière. Nice view over the Rhône and Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, but also of the ugliest apartment block in Geneva – looks like something from Minecraft!
Two men in an inflatable little boat zooming down Jonction, the confluence of rivers Rhône and Arve in Geneva. The different temperatures of the rivers make the water look cloudy.
Located just next to the old town, Place de Neuve is Geneva's cultural crossroads. The Rath Museum, Conservatory of Music, Grand Theatre and Maison du Grütli are all located on this square.
A little bee carefully collecting nectar from one of many pretty flowers in the botanical gardens of Geneva, a fantastic place to learn and develop photography skills.
”Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts” – Sigmund Freud
I like to capture the clash of modern and old architecture. Here is a photo from Stockholm, with Gamla stan (old town) to the left and Centralbron (one of the major traffic routes) to the right.
I have heaps of photos of people, but not so many meaningful photos of myself. Except perhaps this one from Lake Sörmogen in Sweden. It was a beautiful, peaceful and thoughtful evening.
If you ever get a chance to visit the very south of Sweden, make sure to swing by Sandhammaren, a long, fine-grained, sandy beach. I snapped this photo on a hot summer day back in 2014. What a lovely place!
Two proud parents taking their little guys for a walk to the pond. Snapped this photo in Bois-de-la-Bâtie (Geneva), a lovely place to take the family for a walk.
Sunflowers are very beautiful, but intimidating when they come in a bunch. I found this army standing proud on a field just outside Geneva, not far from the Jura Mountains.
With its twisted and interwoven design, the Hans Wilsdorf Bridge in Geneva reminds me of the Bird's Nest in Beijing. It was opened in August 2012 and named after Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex.
A paraglider (parapente in French) getting ready to take off from Mont Salève, just outside Geneva. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/eAI9PkMNOtA
London is one of the most bustling and exciting cities that I have visited. I tried to capture these feelings in this long exposure of Big Ben, as seen from the Westminster Bridge.
A few years ago, I was lucky to spot Krzysztof Werkowicz and his fire-breathing tuba. It looks very cool, but also incredibly dangerous. I wonder how he is controlling and igniting the gas. Does anyone actually know how this thing works?
Early morning dew on a beautiful, purple flower. Captured somewhere in Indonesia, probably close to Borobudur.
Cuddly-looking dog sitting outside a little house in Beijing. I wonder what was going through her mind? Exhibited at Next Door Gallery in Geneva, 28-31 August 2014. 60x40 cm. Limited, 5 prints. CHF 500.
Desmond the dog and my daughter Josephine, a summer afternoon in Parc des Bastions, Geneva. Exhibited at Next Door Gallery in Geneva, 28-31 August 2014. 60x40 cm. Limited, 5 prints. CHF 500.
Greedy monkey munching bananas in the Ubud Monkey Forest, a temple complex in Bali. Exhibited at Next Door Gallery in Geneva, 28-31 August 2014. 40x60 cm. Limited, 5 prints. CHF 500.
I imagine that this is what the sky would look like if the moon was replaced by Jupiter, or if you were standing on one of the Galilean moons. The photo was shot in Bali, but I like to think otherwise.