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About Me

 

I was born and raised in Switzerland. The urge to see places far over the horizon is one that got to me early in my youth. At age of 16 I traveled to the US for the first time on my own. Helping my uncle on his dairy farm for 6 months ingrained my first and lasting impression of the midwest, Wisconsin and the USA.

Four years later I completed my Chef training in Switzerland and it led to more travel and working in different, sometimes exotic locations. On such a trip, I was hired on a early 20th century style square rigged sailing ship (Tea Clipper) as a chef. On board and up in the rigging I got to use a friends Yashica SLR camera to take pictures. The view through the finder with a fish-eye lens was something else. The curvature of the earth was excentuated even more by the lenses distortion. I believe it set the hook to get my own camera. Armed with my first SLR film Camera I started to shoot, mostly slidefilm...

On a trip from Bermuda to California in the early eighties I put a Canon F1 to use, at the time the F1 was the best Canon builth SLR. It became a faithful companion on many trips, like cruising on the Sea of Cortez, east of the Baja California peninsula. Here I got to photograph jumping Dolphins, diving Humpback wales und nesting birds on many different islands. It is a magical desert like place full of life, but mostly in and around the sea!

I relocated to the Caribbean in late 1989, more precisely Cabarete, a small resort town on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Cabarete is one of the top 10 destinations for water-sports enthusiasts in the world. I lived there for 20 years. The last 9 years there I worked as a freelance photographer. Shooting watersports became a passion, fostered by the ideal invironment: Surfers, Wind- and Kitesurfer and small boat sailors, warm water, strong winds and plenty of wave action all paired with great light.

I currently live in Switzerland in the town of St.Gallen, it is located in the northeastern corner near Lake of Konstanz, a lake that is also the border between Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

Portrait, Travel and Lifestyle photography dominate my work now...