Till Gerber

A perfect day on a boat, who could ask for more?

I don't shoot a lot of weddings but when I do it's nice when the people are as great as Till, his lovely wife Nici and their family & friends.

Nels Cline

Nels Cline @ Moods

Looking Down #3

Fish Can

Looking Down #2

Crushed Onions

Rather tragic way to die - even for an onion

Looking Down #1

Razor Blade in the Rain

11,000 Volts

Found this image on a recent [7th] trip to India. The combination of a sign reading "11000 Volts" above a wall socket that's dangling from its mount captures the reckless abandon that seems so typical of India to a westerner. I would have juxtaposed it next to an image of a 1000 wires connected to a pole at an intersection in Kamla Nagar to make my point but the 100+ images that I had on my iPhone were lost when the phone was stolen from my left front pocket while riding the subway from Connaught Place to Chandni Chowk. Schade.


Having grown up in Chicago where it snows for days and the snow that fell in November can still be there in March I was a bit surprised to see how it can snow here in Zurich and an hour later be gone. Literally an hour after this photo was taken I walked outside to leave Cafe Henrici and - no snow.

Timothy Jaromir

This image is from a recent photo shoot with Timothy Jaromir. Without either one of us consulting the other we both chose this image as one that we felt conveyed what he was trying to say about the recent changes & direction in his music. The shoot was a lot of fun. Timo is a great guy and a great songwriter. You can check out his web site here.

Withered Leaf

I'm not as articulate as I'd like to be when it comes to writing about the images I capture so I turned to my friend, John Wolf, and asked him if he'd like to say something regarding the above image. Here's what he wrote:

The Traces We Leave

Knowing my love of metaphor in photographs, my friend Howard sent me the picture above and asked my opinion. I immediately thought of a series on impermanence that I recently completed, and how well his image would fit that group. But what intrigues me even more than the deteriorating leaf, with all its rich symbolism, is the trace it has left behind. For in that impression, stamped now on the window sill, is clear proof of the leaf's pure form, just as it was in all the perfection and greenness of summer. Of course, that too must pass, but for now, at least, it lingers on, outliving its shriveling source.   

Forensic scientists have a maxim that says, "every contact leaves a trace." Finding that trace is the heart of their work. Today forensic science has become so advanced that even absent any visible residue, such as smooth metal wiped clean of fingerprints, techniques involving heat and humidity can reveal evidence sufficient to build a solid case. They now know, for example, that immediately upon contact, finger and metal begin a process of chemical union, as on a microscopic level the print actually becomes an indelible feature of the metal. Although hidden from the naked eye, to the scientist it's as obvious as the alleged face of Christ on the Shroud of Turin.

We humans leave traces too. The Hindu word samskars and Buddhists term kunzhi namshe identify the traces we embed in our consciousness. These terms describe a strange repository of subtle, lingering impressions born of every action we perform with intention—physical, verbal, or mental—and even the slightest aversion or desire. Traces of everything we do, Eastern sages teach, etch themselves forever into the mind-stream, coloring our present and driving our future. Yes, even our thoughts; perhaps more so our thoughts.

In their book Thought-Forms, Theosophists Annie Basant and Charles Leadbeater describe thoughts as material things made of subtle physical matter. Each of us, they write, travels through space enclosed in a cage built of our habitual patterns of thought. Until we raise our consciousness and master thought and feeling, they say, we see nothing as it really is, but only vague residuals of our own thinking, which color and distort experience like badly made glass.

Do I read too much into photographs? I wonder sometimes. But the best images, in my view, contain all the richness and suggestiveness of good poetry. Contemplating them and their transcendent power is one of the real pleasures of art. Howard's beautiful leaf-koan has made me consider what I am leaving behind. We may think the Hindus, Buddhists, and Theosophists cited above are nuts. But who can argue with the practice of living our lives as though our every action matters. I prefer to believe that everything we do lingers on, like a fragrance, not only enveloping us, but offering their traces—of hate or love, sorrow or joy, indifference or compassion—to everyone they touch.

That Time of Year

Colder temperatures, shorter days, fall colors and kurbis.

Side Hotel - Hamburg, Germany

Something from the archives...

Better Days for Bobby D

One of my first jobs after coming to Switzerland was to cover a private party in Davos for Barclay's Bank. The guy on the left is Bob Diamond. If you haven't heard things for Mr. Diamond aren't so good these days. Its funny how the mind works. These guys are probably just having a nice little chat but, in light of recent events, one can't help but wonder what they're really talking about.

The Galleria - Milano

I can't exactly say what it is about this place that I find so appealing. My first visit to Milan was in 1994 and we came to the Galleria on several occasions. With it's arched glass roof and the pristine decor it's just the perfect balance of how to describe space in my opinion. If you ever get there and, you enjoy good coffee, make sure you stop at the Gucci Cafe and try one of their single source espressos. It really is the icing on the cake.

September Wheels Are Not Yet Dead

Must have something to do with my background in table-top photography. Every once in a while I stumble upon a situation that just pulls me back to those days and I can't seem to help myself. I must have played with these elements for a good 20 minutes before the owner of these items came to retrieve them. A gracious fellow to be sure as he seemed to have been waiting patiently in another part of the cafe for me to finish.

Havana Club

From what I can tell this is a 1946 Chevrolet. It was outside of the Maag Areal for a Cuban music event. I thought it made for a good subject to test Snapseed from Nik Software. I have to say that it has some very positive features that might just get me to use it instead of Hipstamatic.

Moira in the Studio

Moira is a musical duo made up of Carola Wirth and Severin "the bass player". You can hear them on this video.

Dave Carpenter [1959-2008]

 I'm a bit late to the show with this post. I didn't know about Dave's passing until early this morning and I'm still in a state of shock.

Its been about 10 years since I last saw Dave. I would photograph his gigs and hang out at this house quite a bit over a period of about 2 years. Through him I was able to photograph for the company B-Band which included several LA session heavy weights such as, Larry Carlton, Carl Verheyen & Tim Pierce, to name a few. He was always gracious and generous and will be truly missed.

You can see Dave on YouTube and read about him here.

RIP, Dave.

Winter Is A-Comin'

Stadelhofen, Zürich - February, 2011

Gate To No Where

I've heard of a Bridge to No Where but never a Gate to No Where. Not sure of the point of having a gate with no fence but it was worth a good laugh.

India Redux #2

Okay so I'm on a bit of an India kick lately. This image was made from 3 shots taken with the camera in my iPhone and composited in Photoshop. Amazing. Long gone are the days of carrying around a 6x17cm film camera, a tripod and having to negotiate with the security people at the airport and then praying that the lab doesn't destroy the film [this actually happened after a journey thru the Midwest shooting fall colors]. Gotta love it.

September 30, 2011 - Amritsar

Following up on my last post I thought I'd share a photo of the Golden Temple in Amritsar. It was my birthday and this trip was my present [thanks to a special offer from Lufthansa]. This is the first trip to India that I didn't bring a camera - just an iPhone. This image was taken using Hipstamatic, one of the better apps.

Scooter Duo

I took this photo 10 years ago on a visit to Delhi. Last year my wife & I were back in Delhi for a wedding [6 days over a 9 day period with 11,000 people attending the ceremony]. Tomorrow I leave for my 6th visit. I'll being celebrating a birthday while we're there. Should be a good time . . .

Amanda & Patrick

Christmas 2009: My nephew, Patrick, proposed to, 
Amanda, while our whole family was visiting for the 
holidays in Colorado. I took this above shot right after 
he popped the question.
A year and a half later in July, 2011, they tied the knot.

Sidel Management Conference - Parma, Italy



Shooting in the American Southwest - Sedona, the Grand Canyon & Bryce Canyon - was my training ground when I first got serious about photography. I can't help but be intrigued by the contrast of the landscape here in Switzerland. From arid & sunny to moist and foggy - quite a difference.