Switzerland, if you have never visited it, is a very beautiful country, you could say a photogenic country. It is very easy to take pictures of lovely vistas. This is a photo that I took one sunny morning looking out over the water of the very calm Lac Leman. Morges is one of many, almost sleepy little towns nestled beside the lake. Try it, you will like it. Copyright Paul Andrews and Caroline Schmutz, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk
It’s a shame that even Brazil has stopped making these works of art. In our ever more efficient and safety conscious world here is an example of a favourite of so many people. This is a photo from the 2014 Vevey Retro car show in Vevey, Switzerland. Copyright Paul Andrews and Caroline Schmutz, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk
What’s the general mission statement of a corporate? Produce more, sell more, automate more, use less workers, wipe out the local producers. The Cardinal Brewery started in Fribourg in 1788 and by 1904 had moved to a site near the train station. It remained there until in 2011 those bad old boys from Carlsberg moved the production of Cardinal to another brewery in Switzerland that they already owned. The old building became a museum and a place for start ups. Just what the local community needs right, I mean we are all going to be writing apps for each other at the end of the day aren’t we? But thankfully there are some alternatives to corporate blandness and one of them is La Patriot beer brewed by a local microbrewery, Freiburger Biermanufaktur, with local workers. That sounds rather good to me and tastes rather good too.
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 .
SWitzerland has a habit of doing things well and Expo 02 was certainly no exception. I was very lucky to capture this very atmospheric photograph of some of the entertainment when I was still using 35mm film before I went digital. A lot of photography is just the right place at the right time and technology is making it so much easier. So depending on the sensor or the film type used how truthful to the reality is the captured image?