20 November 2023
Ladakh by bicycle
Contemplative pause in front of Lake Pangong
At the time of my last newsletter, I was about to embark on a long cycling loop on the bumpy but oh so magnificent roads of Ladakh. It was a rich experience in so many ways. Although I truly enjoyed this way of travelling, it didn't fail to confront me with a number of challenging difficulties.
Riding to the rhythm of your legs and the "song of the wheels" (to use Claude Marthaler's famous book title), being constantly in the fresh air, finding myself alone pedalling through landscapes that are as sumptuous as they were wild, brought me strong and memorable emotions. Accepting the challenge of cycling on roads that are sometimes heavily trafficked and where a significant number of vehicles are constantly emitting thick, asphyxiating black smoke, seeing the beauty of certain places stripped of their authentic and wild charm by the increase in tourism and the consequent construction of tarmac roads, being destabilised in the way I practise my photography - these were some of the greatest difficulties I had to face. But it was also thanks to these difficulties that I was able to carry out some deep and fruitful inner work, in particular learning to 'accept what is' without resigning myself to it, to be attentive to the automatisms of my mind, and to be ever more aware and present in the moment. It is a process of personal transformation that is far from easy, and yet so simple in its principles, but at 48 years of age, there are a lot of deep-rooted 'bad' habits that I need to deconstruct in order to establish and anchor new patterns.
Small rainfall over lake Pangong
The loop I had planned, Leh - Kardungla - Numbra Valley - Pangong Lake - Tsomoriri Lake - Tso Kar - Leh, turned out to be, not surprisingly, of majestic splendour. Although each of these places is well known to tourism and this loop is on the program of many local tour operators (and it's easy to understand why), you'd have to be a bit picky not to be seduced by the landscapes that characterise them as well as the people who live there.
Admittedly, I couldn't help feeling disappointed at the extent to which some places are being spoilt by the ever-increasing development of tourism. The banks of Lake Pangong are an unfortunate example. The infrastructures that have sprung up in just a few years to accommodate the growing numbers of tourists are far from embellishing their surroundings. As a tourist and visitor to these places myself, I've long wondered about my legitimacy, my impact and my real need to travel so far to see these exceptionally beautiful landscapes with my own eyes, and to meet and share beautiful moments with the local people.
One day, on the side of the road between Basgo and Likir, I stopped at a small stall to quench my thirst. The young man serving me asked the traditional question: "Where are you from? "Switzerland", I replied. "From Switzerland? But why do you come here? It's so beautiful where you live!”. Indeed, while he dreamt of seeing Switzerland, he wondered what I could find more beautiful in his own country, why I came from so far and was spending so much time here, even more so cycling around it! His astonishment didn't fail to question myself further about my legitimacy of travelling so far away!
Bivouac on the shores of Lake Pangong
On this issue, I can see that it is the same as for many other things that provide us pleasure. Once we have got used to these 'pleasures', no matter how much we know and understand their harmful aspect, it is hard to give them up. My relationship with food is a perfect example. I may know that certain foods are not healthy, but it is still very difficult to give them up!
I am all too aware that, depending on the way we travel, we can have a very negative impact in many ways, particularly on the environment, the nature of the places we visit and the culture of the local people. But how can I give up this desire and visceral need to always go and see with my own eyes this “elsewhere” that intrigues and attracts me so much? It's a question that has been nagging at me for a long time now, and one to which I hope one day to find a satisfactory and soothing answer.
Lake Tsomoriri and Gya Mount
Crossing the Kardungla pass
One thing is certain, for the moment being, I have to accept that the world I was born into is not, and certainly never will be, perfect. Unless I go and live in a cave or completely marginalise myself, I have to find peace in this acceptance while doing my best to move towards a way of life that is ever closer to what I believe to be respectful of all living beings, sensible, sustainable, resilient, kind, healthy, etc.
I could keep on going for a long time on this subject, but let's leave it at that for now. I reserve further thoughts for the little video I am preparing, in which I will share the slightly fuller story of this experience and what it has brought me. The release of this video will be the subject of a future newsletter.
Small coffe-restaurant, descent to the Numbra valley
Stok Kangri Massif
For the time being, I will leave you with a few images from a harvest that was not very productive, given the difficulty of combining cycling and photography in good light conditions.
Some of these pictures, as well as a few others, will be published in my online galleries very soon, along with other new images. This will be the subject of the next article.
18 November 2023
Book ALPES 2nd edition
Following the success of the first edition, published in October 2021, the ALPES book is being reissued this year in a second edition with 40 new pages and new previously unpublished photographs. This second edition of this book celebrates the beauty, but also the fragility, of this mountain range that is so dear to us here in Europe.
A selection of images with majestic atmospheres, combined with informative texts on geology, climatology, vegetation and geography, highlight the wonders, but also the distress, of this great wall straddling France, Switzerland and Italy.
All the information about the book can be found here.
I hope you enjoy reading through these 264 pages and there 160 large-format photographs!
30th June 2023
Swiss Alpes Calendar - 2024 edition
My 2024 Swiss Alps Calendar has just come off the press and I'm pleased to present it to you.
For this edition, the Matterhorn is once again in the spotlight, with this winter view on the cover, taken on a fine but cold April morning from the summit of the Dos de Rollin (3898 m), just a stone's throw from the Klein Matterhorn (Little Matterhorn). To take advantage of the beautiful sunrise light, I bivouacked at this location. It was a night without much sleep, as a permanent headache had kept me awake, the result of the rapid ascent to 3900 m altitude the day before. But these little hazards of bivouacking in the high mountains are quickly forgotten when we are rewarded with exceptional views that I will never tire of.
As for the other images in the calendar, this year you'll be accompanied by the Säntis (Appenzell), the Gantrisch (Bern), the Piz Nair (Grisons), a wide view of the Valais Alps from the Pointre d'Orny, the Crête de Moléson (Fribourg), the Dent de Chomosentse (Valais), the Haut de Cry (Valais), the Weisshorn (Valais), the Pazolastock (Uri), the Val Piora (Ticino) and Monte Leone (Valais). Once again, you'll be able to travel all over the Swiss Alps.
2024 Swiss Alps Calendar
Price : 39.90 CHF
I whish you a pleasant discovery.
16th February 2023
New online gallery "A Taste From Elsewhere"
Up until now, in all my other galleries on my website I have been sharing purely photos of the natural world, with little or no human traces, to show the beauty of the natural environment around us.
In this new gallery, I share a range of my travel images, in which I include humans as well as other living beings or their traces in the world.
I wish you a beautiful discovery and an enjoyable journey.
8th December 2022
As fall colours are gently coming to an end, the vegetable garden feeding us with its last vegetables, and the summits beginning to whiten from the approaching winter, I am pleased to share with you some fresh news from my photographic activity.
Winter Photo Workshops
The dates of the winter photo workshops are now available on my website.
Grand Chavalard - 2901 m, Switzerland.
This season I have the great pleasure to propose a brand new winter workshop "Grande Dent de Morcle", based on two days of ski touring in the magnificent Muveran massif. Accompanied by a high mountain guide who is none other than my faithful friend Jérôme Gottofrey who has been accompanying the high mountain summer photo workshops for over 8 years now, we will leave from Ovronnaz, spend the night at the Fenestral hut and ascend the Grande Dent de Morcles (2969 m). Although a good level of skiing is recommended to fully enjoy the photographic aspect of the workshop, the overall rating of this ski tour is PD- (not difficult minus).
Full details of this new workshops is available here.
Winter photo workshop "Grande Dent de Morcle"
Pleasure of contemplation during the ascent to the Fenestral hut.
2023 Swiss Alps Calendar
The 2023 edition of my traditional Swiss Alps calendar is available here.
Book "Voice of the Eyes"
Voice of the Eyes Voice of the Eyes is a unique collection of interviews with internationally renowned landscape photographers, collected by René, himself a talented landscape photographer. In his words, "These photographers are among those who have mastered their craft like no others and thus helped shape the discipline as a whole".
My congratulations to René for this brilliant project and his tireless commitment. I wish him and all the contributors every success.
I wish you a great start to the winter season, good preparations for the festive season and beautiful lights.
22nd August 2022
Exhibition, EMS Chablais of Bex - 25th August to 19th September 2022
Every year, the EMS Chablais of Bex organizes a big summer party. This year, it will be on the theme of the mountain, and on this occasion I am honored to be invited to exhibit 12 of my artworks in their premises. The exhibition will run from 25 August to 19 September 2022.
A vernissage will take place on Wednesday 24 August at 5pm. You are cordially invited to attend.
The big summer party will take place on Saturday 27 August.
All the details of this exhibition can be found here.
I wish you a pleasant visit and I look forward to seeing you at the vernissage.
12th December 2021
Opening of the Fine Art Photo Gallery "Céline & Sam"
While our mountains are generously covered with their white coat, Céline and I are very pleased to announce the opening of our new photo art gallery « Céline & Sam », in the heart of the resort of Ovronnaz (Switzerland).
It is within a cosy place of 40 m2 that we would like to welcome you in order to share some windows over the beauty of our world. You will be able to discover and acquire our photographs in different forms, whether as original prints (limited editions, open editions, or unique editions), as well as our books, calendars, view cards, etc.
All the details about the gallery (location, opening hours, etc.) are available here.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Until then, warm regards to you all.
16th October 2021
I have the great pleasure to announce the release of the book ALPES.
Published by the publishing house of the famous swiss nature magazine La Salamandre, this beautiful book gathers the photographs of three photographers, Ambre de l'AlPe (France), Roberto Moiola (Italy) and myself for Switzerland. Our images are completed with informative texts signed by experts in geology, climatology, botany or geography.
A book that pays homage to these cathedrals of the Earth between France, Switzerland and Italy.
Throughout the seasons and pages, you will be immersed in magnificent landscapes, from the bottom of valleys where silver torrents meander to the highest eternally snow-covered peaks, passing through immense glacial tongues, emerald lakes bordered by flowering marshes or larch forests ablaze with autumn.
A book for all mountain and nature lovers!
More details about the content, the photographers, the authors of the texts, on the book page here.
I wish you a lot of pleasure to discover it.
Warm regards to you all.
17th March 2021
New Images Online
The "Recent Work" online gallery has just been updated with fifty new images captured over the past few months.
I hope you will enjoy them.
Warm regards to you all.
21th January 2021
Mountain Photo Workshops - Summer 2021"
I am delighted to inform you that the dates of my summer 2021 photo workshops are now available online.
Following numerous requests, you will note that a short version of the Bernese Haute Route is now available.
For all those who were hesitant to commit to a full 5-day tour in the high mountains, this 3-day version should suit you perfectly.
I am once again looking forward to sharing with you these magical days in the mountains photographing nature's most incredible spectacles.
Warm regards to you all.
15th December 2020
2021 Winter Photo Workshops
I am delighted to inform you that the dates of my 2021 photo workshops (winter) are now online.
This year, a brand new workshop will take place in the majestic Gastlosen region (Fribourg's Pre-Alps), above picture.
I am looking forward to sharing with you these beautiful days photographing winter in these magical places.
Warm regards to you all.
24th November 2020
Video "Instants of Voyage"
Winter 2020. Céline and I leave for our first long-term travel with our overland vehicle. We first head to the far north of Scandinavia and the Baltic countries. Although we are leaving without a return date, the world situation due to health crisis changes all our plans.
In this video, after a brief introduction about our life as travelling photographers, we take you with us on this first experience on the road.
We wish you a very pleasant viewing.
Warm regards to you all.
17th October 2020
Meeting + Exhibition - Mise-en-Scène art Gallery (Morges, Switzerland)
Céline and I are very happy to welcome you on 17th October 2020 from 11:00 to 17:00 at the Mise-en-Scène art gallery where we currently exhibit a selection of our latest artwork. A perfect occasion to exchange together over our 5 months travel in the Nordic countries during early 2020.
New artwork, exchange, sharing, book signing and a few drinks are on the agenda.
Further details about the event can be found on the Exhibition and Conference page.
We look forward to meeting you there.
Warm regards to you all.
20th September 2020
2021 Swiss Alps Calendar
The 2021 edition of my traditional "Swiss Alps" calendar is now available on my online store.
All the details about the calendar can be found on the calendars page.
I wish you a bit in advance, a great year 2021! ;-).
Warm regards to you all.
1th September 2020
Meeting + Exhibition + Video Projections
Back from a 5 months trip to Scandinavia and the Baltic countries, Céline and I will be happy to welcome you at the Mise-en-Scène gallery in Morges (Switzerland) and share with you our winter experience in "Scoubi", our travel companion.
Photographs, conferences, book signings and few drinks will be on the program.
More details on the exhibition and conference page.
We look forward to see you there.
Warm regards to you all.
28th May 2020
New photo workshops 2020
I have the great pleasure to propose you 6 new photo workshops for this second half of the year 2020.
Given the uncertainties about the borders opening during the coming months, Celine and I decided to temporarily interrupt our long-term travel and return back home in Switzerland for a few months. So this is a great opportunity for us to propose you these new workshops.
Four of them are on field shooting in the Swiss mountains and four others on Lightroom learning and photo printing. These last ones are organised with Céline.
You will find all the details on the Workshops page.
To register, please go to my online shop.
I look forward to sharing together again some beautiful moments.
Until then I wish you beautiful lights.
Warm regards to you all.
27th April 2020
New artworks and new galleries
More than a hundred new artworks have just been added to the online galleries. Among them about fifty of my new work over the past two years realized in Switzerland, Japan, Morocco, Zanzibar, Norway and Finland.
For the occasion, two brand new galleries have been added:
Wild Immensities, in which you will be able to discover wild and desert landscapes.
Recent Work, in which you will be able to discover my latest photographs as well as those recently added to the various galleries.
I wish you a pleasant journey.
23rd April 2020
Aid to Bolivia
New page Aid to Bolivia on my website entirely dedicated to the noble action of a dear friend, Daniel Chappuis, to help the people of South-East Lipez.
This page presents in detail all of his action, as well as our collaboration on this project. I also retrace my 2012 trip, during which I joined him on site to realise images to help him in his approach.
I hope you enjoy reading it.
20th April 2019
Lausanne Art Fair
MISE-EN-SCENE will be present at the LAUSANNE ART FAIR from May 2 to 5, 2019.
Among 80 international galleries, Céline (www.celinejentzsch.com) and I will exhibit our works alongside the gallery's two guest artists, Jean-Matthieu Domon (photographer) and Isabelle Thiltgès (sculptor).
This event will be the occasion to present you some brand new work in preview of the new exhibitions coming this spring at the gallery!
More details (schedule, etc.) on the Exhibitions and Conferences page.
22nd Decembre 2018
Opening of the permanent art gallery MISE-EN-SCÈNE
One year ago, on December 1st, 2017, my partner Céline (Céline Jentzsch Photographie) and I opened our photographic art gallery EVANA in Crans-Montana for a winter season.
One year later, we are again in the euphoria of a new event of the same importance for our photographic and artistic journey.
I have the immense pleasure to announce the opening of the new art gallery MISE EN SCÈNE in Morges, on the shores of Lake Geneva..
It is in close collaboration with two other art creators of a different kind, the garden designers Julien and Laetitia Kellenberger, founders of the company Mise en Scène Création, that we have developed this project whose common values inspire us.
This space will be dedicated to our artistic work on a permanent basis to allow us to present new works on a regular basis. We will make you live here our next big project of a long trip on the road around the world, which is planned to start in 2019, through new exhibitions and video-conferences with our two slogans as a guiding thread: "Your Window over Nature" and "An Instant of Voyage".
For the launch of this gallery, we are pleased to be joined by two other talented artists, the sculptor Isabelle Thiltgès, and the photographer Jean-Matthieu Domon. I invite you to discover their work on their respective websites www.isabellethiltges.com and www.jeanmatthieudomon.com.
A huge thank you to all the actors of this beautiful realization. We are delighted that this wonderful artistic and human adventure will continue to grow.
I wish you a beautiful virtual discovery, but nothing beats a visit in person to appreciate the magic of this unusual place.
For the address of the gallery and the opening hours, please click here.
22nd November 2018
Two of my photographs as well as my book MAJESTICS were awarded an Honourable Mention in the prestigious IPA Awards 2018 competition.
21st November 2018
2019 "Swiss Alps" Calendar
The 2019 edition of my traditional "Swiss Alps" calendar is already available.
May these 12 new panoramic photographs of our magnificent Swiss Alps accompany you peacefully throughout 2019, which I wish you to be wonderfull.
20th November 2018
Article 1 !
Beginning of this blog. I hope to be able to share with you my artistic journeay on a regular basis through this blog. New images, new projects, important events, etc.
By following this blog, I hope to be able, in all humility, to make you dream, breathe fresh air, awaken your senses and share emotions.
I hope you will enjoy it and I thank you in advance for your interest.