A photo of some simple but perhaps prophetic graffiti from a wall near the centre of Lausanne in Switzerland. Which part of society does the phrase cover? Those on the edges or perhaps even us the 99%. Copyright Paul Andrews and Caroline Schmutz, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk
I was extremely lucky with timing when I took this photo. The little girl was jumping up to catch a bubble blown by a man blowing bubbles for children on a sunny morning in Lausanne, Switzerland. Copyright http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk
Just next to the Lausanne Cathedral in Switzerland and looking down on the rooftops we could see this space invader. It could be the work of the artist Invader but I haven’t checked. It is a great location. Copyright Paul Andrews and Caroline Schmutz, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.
A photo of a shop window from a previous year’s Christmas promotion with soft toys set in a winter’s scene. At night time especially the effect is very good. Copyright Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.
As you can probably guess I’m a great fan of individuality and have a definite hatred of corporate blandness. Yesterday I was lucky enough to visit one of my favourite eating and drinking places in Lausanne Switzerland called the Brasserie Bavaria situated at Rue du Petit-Chêne 10. I’m glad to say that nothing notable seems to have changed. The simple wooden seating is still chipped and scratched and the paintings above the wooden paneling look as yellow as ever probably through age and previous generations smoking in there. The clientele are mixed, from all ages, on their own or as groups of two or more. They drink tea, coffee, beer and wine. They are there to relax, to talk or if they are on their own to read the paper or just watch the world go buy through the large window. And then there is the honesty, none of this paying upfront. You order what you want and the bill is placed on your table. This is a very civilised place. In the middle is a long table where if it gets busy enough you will have to sit and maybe engage in conversation with complete strangers. How nice is that in the modern time of plug yourself in and shut the world out? It is an amazing place and if you visit Switzerland you would be mad to miss it. If you live in Lausanne then it’s a must as places like these need all the support that they can get in time of corporate creep as they dissolve our individuality.
There is nothing the Swiss in Lausanne like better to do on New Year’s eve then to pretend to burn down their cathedral, a beautiful structure dating back to the 12th century. I’m not sure why they do this but it appears that it has something to do with the fact that they still have a night watchman keeping an eye open for any fires that start in the city. This was a common problem when the city used to be constructed in wood rather than stone. Copyright Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk .
This interesting sculpture sits on a small roundabout near the EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland. The building in the background is the Rolex Learning Centre and is part of that campus. Photograph copyright Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.
I took this photo at this time of year a few years back. It was a very simple advertising hoarding for a major corporate and somebody had very subtly altered it. If you look at it though in some ways the alteration is wrong in that shouldn’t it be the baby that is seen as a source of dollars for Fisher-Price? Photo copyright Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk .
I’m a great fan of street art and tasteful graffiti where our cities are canvases often for people without a voice or just a place for some fantastic artists to display their work. This is a photo taken from Lausanne cathedral looking over a wall of the grounds at the rooftops of the city. And there high on one of the chimneys is a tiled space invader. You have to ask how did it get there? Did the person or persons have permission to put it there? Does the owner of the building know it is there? Or did the artist, like some human cat, just decide that this was a place to place one. Maybe not to everyone’s taste perhaps but this is so subtle I don’t think it does any harm whatsoever. Unless of course our human cat put his or her foot through the roof.
A wonderful summer’s day in the beautiful city of Lausanne in Switzerland. It was a Saturday morning, August the 9th 2014 and there was a man in the square called Place de la Palud blowing bubbles for the children. For this bubble lived for a few brief moments as it ascended in the heat of that August day. In terms of complexity was it any more complex as a bubble than as a collection of soap molecules. Something to ponder. This photograph is available from us at www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.