A Story In Photos: Switzerland

The Switzerland trip began as an opportunity to go and visit an old friend, and morphed into a parallel opportunity to go and fulfil every cliché about Switzerland that we could haphazardly compile into a list. Skiing, snow capped mountains fondant, pristine hillside country and the clean, regimented furore of Zurich were what we expected, and most of that didn’t happen or changed. It was a great time just the same. Myself and good friend Madison would fly out together, to be met by our old university hall-mate Laura.

I shot all of these pictures exclusively in medium format, here below is a brief window into our time in Switzerland.

On the very first evening, the countryside welcomed us with this enormous expanse of fire tinted sky. (F) Fuji Velvia
On the very first evening, we were welcomed with this enormous expanse of fire tinted sky. (F) Fuji Velvia
St. Galen is the kind of place where the richly cultured and historic Switzerland is reconciled with the modern expansive energy of the country's large cities. This is one of the towns University buildings. (F) Fuji Velvia
St. Galen is the kind of place where the richly cultured and historic Switzerland is reconciled with the modern energy and relentless pace of the country’s large cities. This is one of the towns University buildings. (F) Fuji Velvia
Appenzell is a fiercely traditional, back-looking town, where centuries old traditions of community and beer making are lovingly upheld. (F) Fuji Velvia
Appenzell is a fiercely traditional, back-looking town, where centuries old traditions of community and beer making are lovingly upheld. (F) Fuji Velvia
The rural area surrounding the town of Horn and banking Lake Constance is fertile in the most prodigious sense. There are orchards and groves in every direction you look, separated only by little fields and an occasional house. (F) Fuji Velvia
The rural area surrounding the town of Horn and banking Lake Constance is fertile in every sense. There are orchards and groves in every direction you look, separated only by little fields and an occasional house. (F) Fuji Velvia
We were bestowed with a show of exquisite colours every night as the sun disappeared somewhere behind the distant western hills. (F) Fuji Velvia
Every night there was a show of exquisite colours, as the sun disappeared somewhere behind the distant western hills. (F) Fuji Velvia
The fine sliver of land that you can just about see on a clear afternoon is the edge of Germany. (F) Fuji Velvia
The fine sliver of land that you can see on the horizon with a clear afternoon is the edge of Germany. (F) Fuji Velvia
Along the way, we met up with fellow old block-mate Axl, who was accompanying a friend on a European road trip. Axl and Madison, in a state of repent for the night before. (F) Kodak Portra
Along the way, we met up with fellow old block-mate Axl, who was accompanying a friend on a European road trip. Axl and Madison, in a state of recovery from the night before. (F) Kodak Portra
Aside from driving, rail travel is incredibly popular in Switzerland, as an efficient way to get around the expanse of the country. Trains are christened with individual names when they come into service, and each find home in different towns, in a kind of anthropomorphic ritual. (F) Kodak Portra
Rail travel is incredibly popular in Switzerland. Trains are christened with individual names when they come into service, and each one finds home in a different town, in a kind of anthropomorphic ritual. (F) Kodak Portra
Our wonderful hostess Laura at the observation point, reaching out behind her is the urban metropolis of Zurich. (F) Kodak Portra
Our wonderful hostess Laura at the observation point, reaching out behind her is the city of Zurich. (F) Kodak Portra
Lake Zurich disappears off into the haze. (F) Kodak Portra
Lake Zurich disappears off into the haze. (F) Kodak Portra
Its a very long way down from the Uetliberg observation tower. (F) Kodak Portra
Its a very long way down from the Uetliberg observation tower. (F) Kodak Portra
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