I've always liked to watch and make photos.
Before digital I never caught on to the very indirect control only that chemicals, time and temperature gave me over my black and white photos. And concerning color photographs, I wondered whether Kodak hated me personally, why else would they make so many of my color photos slightly olive-green...?
Digital gave me the control I aspired to. I love photo editing software but use its tools cautiously: crop, sharpen, contrast, saturation ...and removing unwanted colors. Mostly things that earlier and better photographers did - and still do - in the darkroom.
After a passion for abstracts, I have more recently specialized in travel photography with an artistic touch. I travel regularly in Asia and have developed a soft spot for China and its capital Beijing.
I take pictures of things that are there. I have people posing from time to time, but will not set up entire scenes. With this, I probably deceive those who argue that, in our time, only staged photographs can even hope to qualify as ‘fine art.’ Still, photography is a broad art form, hopefully allowing for interesting work to be recognized even when outside the current hot trend.
I have so far been able to participate in a few exhibitions such as: The GAC class exhibition of 2009 in Zürich, and four collective exhibitions in Nyon’s ‘Focale’ photo gallery, respectively on a Hutong in Beijing, a ‘Bamboo Man’ (porter) in Chongqing and a portrait of the formerly grand mining town of Butte, Mt. in the Northern USA. More lately, in December 2012 I exposed ‘Tar Graffiti’
Oh, and I posted a compilation of Chongqing pictures on YouTube.
I do not blog regularly, but I use this Tumblr site especially when I am in places that block Facebook as it permits posting by e-mail with re-posting on Facebook. And my favorite iPhotos are here, on Instagram
Finally, I am not an equipment buff. I am for now happy with the small but pompously named Leica Lumix D4, actually a glorified Panasonic and the G1 of the same japanese mark, the first Micro Four Thirds ‘mirror-less’ DSLR.