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Author: Antoine Nobile
Apart from being still alive, if I have to name a single positive thing that happened to me because of the Covid pandemic, I’m naturally thinking about the difficulties of traveling abroad. Being “stuck in Switzerland” but free to circulate has been a blessing as it allowed me to visit natural jewels that many absurdly consider banal or, worse, don’t even notice. I re-discovered my country through the viewfinder of an IR-enabled camera, and this journey brought me lots of joy and memories. I share with you a series of twelve instances I witnessed during the past two years.
Maloja pass is usually famous for its tight lacelike road linking the high Engadin plateau to the Val Bregaglia, situated a few kilometers from the Italian border. However, light quality was a more captivating subject that day: just before sunlight could pierce through a somewhat tormented sky, a soft light flooded the valley (and the whole dynamic range of my camera) for a few seconds.
Lake Saoseo is one of the most beautiful lakes I’ve seen. Translucent emerald water and angular rocks are a photographer’s dream. However, I found pleasure in the slopes surrounding the lake, where tortuous roots and lightning-struck trees rub shoulders with fresh bushes. Lateral light partly filtered by trees uphill amazingly increased the scene’s contrast.
Razor-sharp mountain range surrounded by undulating pastures in Saxer Lücke, close to Appenzell. Sometimes there is a price to pay to witness such an extraordinary spectacle. In the case of this particular visit, it meant running down as thunder and lightning shortly started a somewhat unfriendly show.
As a pathologist and amateur photographer, I am naturally interested in imagery. Images represent a mysterious language that can speak to some for no obvious reasons and leaves others totally indifferent. I discovered infrared photography by chance a few years ago while looking for new photography techniques to learn. I was and am still captivated by the idea of perceiving our world using a device that exceeds the limits of my senses. This experience leads to a simple question: how much do we understand the world around us?