Inside Carbo-Link

Inside view of Carbo-Link, a Swiss high-tech organisation specialized in the design, engineering and manufacture of composite cables, tubes and reinforcement solutions. Carbo-Link spun-out from Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science & Technology in 2000, with the aim of solving complex structural challenges with the most efficient composite solutions.

Automated Filament Winding, Tape Laying & Consolidation machine.

When I first saw Carbo-Link’s tension members used on America’s Cup boats I immediately thought; how do they design and build these parts?
Later I learned that this is a Swiss invention from an engineering and manufacturing company based just outside of Zurich. Normally it’s very difficult, almost impossible, to get an inside view of such a high-tech company given the secrecy and confidentiality of their processes.
However, I was lucky enough to be contacted by Carbo-Link as they needed high-res product photos of their composite solutions and crisp, clean photos of the Aerospace & Defence certified factory. What a dream … It was great to explore the brand personality and to explore how best to portray the high-tech, Swiss made feel into the photographs. All services were carried out in strictest confidence, this is a very important part of my work approach with all clients.

Wally Cento ‘Galateia’. Featuring Carbo-Link’s elliptical, round and hybrid rigging cables.
Emirates Team New Zealand, Winner of the 35th Cup, Bermuda. Featuring Carbo-Link wing & platform rigging.

The loads introduced to these cables in sailing yachts can be enormous, ranging anywhere from 1ton to 300tons on the largest 80m – 90m superyachts. That is before we even look at crane pendants lifting the largest offshore oil rig components or the dynamic loads on composite helicopter blades, all of which are also engineered and manufactured by Carbo-Link.
I felt like a kid in a candy store having the chance to photograph their state-of-the-art solutions in the studio and inside the factory. It was a privilege to experience the Aerospace Certified factory, and to be involved in some of the working processes, to really capture the quality and knowledge found within Carbo-Link.

The composite solutions are perfect for photography with my unique #velvetlight. A light soft enough to reflect so smoothly on a shiny surface, resulting in beautiful images revealing all the smallest details of a structure and its high-quality finish.

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Lashing Termination

Carbo-Link’s solutions feature Aerospace grade Titanium terminations, all of which are machined in-house with the most up to date 5-axis CNC machines and highly skilled technicians. I really enjoyed capturing these terminations close-up to show the intricate details and surface finishing.

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CL TORQUE Pin Termination

Production floor – where science becomes reality. All of Carbo-Link’s machines are designed and build in-house to optimise the production processes.

Automated Filament Winding, Tape Laying & Consolidation machine. (with screen in foreground)

State-of-the-art 5 axis CNC machines.

5-axis CNC machines, laser cutters, FARO 3D measurement arm and more
Large bed and multi-head 5-axis CNC machine for quality machining of oversized parts.

Links and information about this project:

More photos: https://bit.ly/carbolink

Carbo-Link webpage: http://www.carbo-link.com

Reference from Carbo-Link:
‘Juerg was a pleasure to work with. He has a very artistic eye and creatively approached both the product and factory photos to bring things to life perfectly. We look forward to working with Jürg again on a number of location-based projects in the near future.’
James Wilkinson

WOOD & WATCH

WOOD & WATCH for IWC Schaffhausen in cooperation with Boesch Boats

Photographing wooden boats it’s something I have been doing for many years, a timepiece was a new challenge.

Last year I started quietly in my studio working with light and watches, countless nights, and hours trying hard to manage the conflict of light, reflections, and shadows. As more as you discover you realize there is so much more to explore and to learn. It’s as fascinating and as complex to photograph boats. A high level of detail mastering light and endless styling possibilities. Who would have thought that this big-time investment of last year will be very helpful in the middle of the current COVID crisis?

The Schaffhausen-based watch manufacturer IWC, which has been in partnership with the Boesch boat builder known for his classic mahogany since 2008, is joining in the celebration of Bösch’s 100th anniversary. The occasion is being commemorated with the “Century Edition” anniversary boat, along with the Aquatimer Automatic Edition “Boesch”.

Link to the complete series:

https://bit.ly/IWC_Boesch

Now I’m looking forward to the next challenging photo project with sophisticated light requirements.

Body Art Photo Workshop

Body Art Photo Workshop with a world-class body art model (Laetitia Bouffard, 2020 Playmate & Cirque du Soleil acrobat) and photographer (Juerg Kaufmann) in a well-equipped photo studio in Zurich.

Body Art Photo Workshop with a world-class body art model (Laetitia Bouffard, 2020 Playmate & Cirque du Soleil acrobat) and photographer (Juerg Kaufmann) in a well-equipped photo studio in Zurich.

For ambitious photographers who would like to take high-quality body fine art pictures in a studio with professional support and a professional model.

The workshop is divided into two modules.
Morning
Introduction to the studio with studio flash light, various light shapers
Work with professional studio flash, light shapers and their properties and possible uses
With a large ostrich egg, we explain lighting and the effect of light, shadow, contrast, etc.
Effect of large, small light sources and influence of the position and distance to the photographing object
Each participant can take photograph each lighting concepts with his camera
Afternoon
Shooting with a professional fine art nude art model
Together we set up 4 lighting concepts/compositions and photograph them in cooperation with the model

Photographer & workshop leader
Jürg Kaufmann will guide you through the day and shares his extensive knowledge with simple, clear examples
Jürg Kaufmann’s website

Model
Our model is Laetitia Bouffard, professional international ballet dancer, Cirque du Soleil acrobat, yoga teacher and 2020 playmate.
Instagram by Laetitia Bouffard

Number of participants
The number of participants is deliberately limited to 5 photographers, we want to give everyone the chance to take their own picture of each set and to understand the lighting concept

Place, date & time
The workshop will take place in Jürg Kaufmann’s professional studio in Zurich.
Date 12 July 2020 Start 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. including a short lunch break

Language:
Morning: German / English
Afternoon: with the model english
Price: 
450 CHF including small meals for lunch
Book your place with Ticketino

Important:
Our goal is to give ambitious photographers a unique chance to shoot with a world-class nude fine art model.
Each participant has to sign an agreement at the beginning which regulates the use of the pictures, further he / she agrees that only the pictures approved by the model will leave the workshop and be published.
The images may not be used commercially.

Hygienischer Türöffner

In zwei Wochen von der Idee, bis zu den ersten Installationen bei neuen Kunden inklusive Webseite Aufbau.

Eine schöne Geschicht, wie ein kleines Team ohne sich je einmal zu treffen den Clean Door Opener für und zusammen mit dem Schweizer KMU Unternehmen Lunor ein neues Produkt entwickelte.

Du kannst dich noch so anstrengen, es nicht zu tun. Völlig unbewusst greifst du dir um die 20-mal pro Stunde ins Gesicht.

Das war unser Start, hier bei uns Gebäude gibt es Türgriffe welche von allerhand Personen ununterbrochen genutz werden. Stell Dir vor du hast gerade die Hände gewaschen oder sterilisiert und öffnest die nächste Türe. Ohne an die Türfallen der öffentlich zugänglichen Toiletten zu denken.

Momentan während der Corona Virus Kriese mag das ein trendiges Produkt sein, aber was ist in den Zukunft?. Es ist jedesmal spannnend zuzuschauen wie oft sich die Autofahrer an der roten Ampel in den wenigen Minuten beim warten im Gesicht berühren.

Innherhalb weniger Tagen konnten wir die ersten Prototypen entwickeln. Einige Anforderungen waren von Anfang an klar. Der Türöffner muss aus Chromstal sein damit er einfach desifisziert werden kann. 3D Print oder Aluminium kamen somit nicht in Frage.

Eine gute Idee ist erst gut, wenn diese umgesetzt wird.

Das Produkt musste nun noch auf die Blechverarbeitung der Firma Lunor angepasst werden. Parallel dazu wurde die Webseite aufgebaut und ich fotografirte fortlaufend die Prototypen bis zum fertigen und serienreifen Produkt. Lunor kann nun pro Tag bis zu 500 Stück produzieren und ausliefern.

Mit bei diesem Projeket waren:
– Thomas Kull und Marco Alfare von der Lunor AG
– Björn Ischi Industrial Designer
– Jürg Kaufmann als Fotograf und ad interim Projektleiter

Mehr über das Produkt inkl. Webshop damit sie ihre Clean Door Opener direkt bestellen können. www.lunor.health

Wir möchten damit unseren Beitrag leisten, dass wir möglichst rasch zur Normalität zurückkehren können.

Mit dem Kauf des CleanDoorOpener unterstützen Sie den Werkplatz Schweiz.

Danke!

Body Art Photo Workshop

Nude Art Photo Workshop with a world-class nude art model (Laetitia Bouffard, Playmate 2020 & Cirque du soleil acrobat) and photographer (Juerg Kaufmann) in a well-equipped photo studio in Zurich.

Guess it’s about time for two confessions, don’t worry nothing really bad.

Last week I promised you that I will finish the big wave photos from Nazaré, I agree the photo above doesn’t look like a big wave photo, will probably take a few more days.
Body Art Photo workshop, how comes..?
Since quite some time, over a two years I started to shoot more and more with women. All this started with a pregnancy photo of a friend and guess what, we did really well on a international contest.
So step by step this style and photos evolved, until one day I got a call from a Cirque du soleil acrobat although I haven’t really published or disclosed to many of this photos.
Here name is Laetitia and you will see many more photos of her in the future.
She proposed that we should shoot together, I’m not in here league I thought and told here.

In the mean time we had more then one shooting, and since a few weeks we call this project (notshy.art). Right before end of last year we run a private nude art photo workshop with two very ambitious photographers who really loved that day.

Why don’t we give a chance to more ambitious photographers to shoot with such an amazing model. Laetitia in the mean time got even published on the Spanish playboy magazine.

So here here we are on March 22nd we will run our first workshop. It’s a Sunday and we simply want to give 5 photographers the chance to shoot with us.
The workshop is divided in two parts:

Morning
We look at the studio light, light shaper, soft boxes etc and see how we can modify the light and play with it.
All photographers learn the using light with an egg, we organize an big ostrich egg, already did some test with it. It’s really great how you can play with shadows gradients etc.

Afternoon
In the afternoon Laetitia will join us and we will set up 4 or 5 different sets/compositions and shoot with here.

I’m really looking forward for to this day, hope you will join us.
Click on the link below to read more about this workshop and book your place.

Body Art Photo Workshop in Zurich 22. March 2020

Black Beauty and Velvet Light

Click here to read more about the velvet light and to see the full 4K Video

The Custom bike came fresh, clean from Harley Heaven Zurich. One of a kind bike, each element is carefully chosen and assembled with a unique handcraft.

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For months I was searching and testing a new light, a soft light endless nights in the studio until the light turned out to be soft enough to reflect so smoothly on a shiny surface like a mat surface.

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The goal was to shoot the entire bike with this soft light. The tank turned out fantastic, same for the rest of the dark details, just the chromatic parts of the motor didn’t want to appear matt. After a few nights more even the shiny motor parts received this velvet look with the new soft light.

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A Moment with Shirley Robertson

Shirley Robertson, a British sailor who won two Olympic Gold medals, mother of two and presenter at CNN TV Series Mainsail.

Portrait shooting has a magical element which I enjoy every time from the first to the last moment, having the privilege to spend a private moment lasting from a few minutes up to one day or more with a personality.

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Shirley, in my view, is an exception. I always ask myself who that person is, what makes her different and capable of winning two Olympic Gold medals in a row?

I know there are plenty of athletes who have more than two gold medals, but in my view sailing is unique as the complexity of this sport is superior than in many other Olympic disciplines.

The world today is superficial. I see the tendency of running after the quick win, the low hanging fruits. Competing and winning two Olympic Gold medals requires the complete opposite, long term commitment, dedication, the energy to get up again and again after a defeat, isn’t that incredibly inspiring?

Will I be able to see and experience this during the shooting with here?

The portrait project with Shirley was not a short one. We have been talking about it since months; soon we realized we need many different photos, we need a series of images, each of them for a different purpose. It clearly would take a day to get this done.

It would be an intense day, and at the same time, I felt the weight on my shoulders: responsibility and a privilege. I cannot only spend a day working with her, ultimately what I see through my lens is what the people, who do not have the chance to meet here in person, will see of her.

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We all know the expression: A picture says more than a 1’000 words…So let’s get this x-thousand words right.

At the end of the project, we selected 20 different photos, each showing Shirley with here many facets, each with a different message.

It turned out to be an intense day, a potpourri of colors, ideas, a combination of clothes, expressions, lights, coffee breaks and much more. It’s tough to stay focused for so long in front of the camera, but she did it, and how she did, was terrific.

Not only is she a good sailor, but no wonder why she works at CNN, BBC and much more. One set after the other, she always came back on the set with outstanding positive energy, motivation, and commitment.

Even more, we could guide each other, she trusted me, and then we executed those ideas one by one, until the end of a long and intense day.

Is that one of the secrets and reasons why she can win two gold medals in a row? Did I had the chance to experience what makes the difference of losing or winning? Probably yes!

I have not experienced this with many people such a persistent focus and commitment over a long time in front of the camera.

Thank you, Shirley, it was more than a moment, it was a precious time with you and your partner Tim.

Look at the photos with this link.

A few days after the shooting I got an email from Shirley:

I know I have said it ten times already – but I’m chuffed with the images, they show oodles of personality.”

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Sport & Beauty Photography

For the past couple of months, I’ve had the pleasure to work with a very special world class athlete – Priscilla Leimbacher. Priscilla is one of the world top five bikini fitness athletes.
Portrait and sport photography is my homeland. I feel confident anticipating the action whilst mastering the light and composition of each photo.
However, over the last couple of years, I’ve had the chance to taste the beauty photography and learnt that the element of action is being replaced by the much higher expectations in terms of lighting and postures. I truly enjoy working in the studio, where I have the full control which then creates endless ideas and possibilities.
I have already planned another shooting with Priscilla Leimbacher which will take place in the upcoming weeks, shortly before her next world class competition.
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Priscilla Leimbacher IFBB Pro Bikini Fitness Athlete

A Magic Moment


 

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Portrait session with a leader

I took a deep breath after hanging up the phone receiving confirmation to photograph Kristine Braden for the next Sphere Financial Magazine cover. I had the feeling this portrait session is going to be special, very special.
This is neither the first time I’m photographing personalities in the financial industry nor the first time taking a portrait of a woman. This time, it will be the first time I will be photographing a women e leader in the finance industry: Kristine Braden, CEO of Citibank Switzerland, she is also the first and only board female member of the over 100-year-old Swiss Bankers Association.

JK_Braden_17_12_25082Doing online research and getting to know the person is the first step in the preparation process. For every Sphere magazine cover, we feature a CEO of a Swiss bank on a an Eero Aarnio Ball Chair, and I always challenge myself to find a way to combine this chair with the personality of the subject and the brand that he/she is representing to make the cover portrait a “Wow”. Working on color scheme is never easy – finding the color scheme that fits with the personality of the subject and the brand behind. American contemporary graphic designer Paula Scher created the current Citibank logo after the Citicorp-Travellers Group merger, blue is the key color but the red coming from the umbrella of Travellers is also important.
In the mean time I contacted Citibank Switzerland PR head Yvonne Chan to schedule the time slot and to share the idea. We had a great conversation and even discovered our common love and passion for China. Taking a portrait is teamwork, and the moment when Kristine Braden and Yvonne Chan walked into my studio I felt all the essential elements were present. Reciprocal respect, openness, commitment. I knew I’ve got two very good team-players to make it happen. This is not always the case, taking a good portrait is such a fine balance on letting it go, influencing, guiding or interfering.

It was a one-hour portrait session (but think about how much it means to have one hour from such a person). I would like to sit on a couch and talk with her about the world, the unusual political situation, impact and consequences of digitization, or even block-chain because this is an interesting moment we are living in. The reality is we discovered we are both sailing enthusiasts, but soon afterwards we had to start shooting – time is always short. One hour seems long, but it was just right for what we had to do.
The latest Sphere Magazine was published a few days ago and I simply love these photos of Kristine Braden, a smart and attractive business woman.
I had the pleasure to photograph portraits of several personalities in the past years, every single time was an unique moment. I feel so privileged to have these opportunities to work with such great people.
After the shooting, Kristine sent me a message, “It was a blast shooting with you.” And yes, this message made my day even better.

Thank you Kristine, and thank you Yvonne. Thank you for making and being part of this magic moment.

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See more photos of this portrait-session

 

Das Photostudio entsteht !!!

Es ist alles noch nicht ganz fertig, ein wenig “Pop Up Style” die ersten Shootings im eigenen Studio waren sehr erfolgreich .

Es ist gross und super praktisch zum arbeiten.

Wir planen die offizinelle Eröffnungparty noch im August wenn wir bis dann fertig sind mit umbauen und einrichten .

Adresse:

JK Photography, Allmendstrasse 140, 8027 Zürich

Link zu Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/4fupRLzSqsm

Hier die ersten Bilder davon:

Newsletter 1/2016

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Das Jahr 2016 ist kraftvoll gestartet und schon sind wir im Frühlingsmonat März.
Die letzten Monate waren voll mit spannenden Photoshootings, wie z.B. das mit dem Swiss Speedskating Team auf dem Eis und im Studio.

5 Jahre ist es her seit der letzten Pure Sailing Passion Tournee. Zusammen mit dem Crusing Club Schweiz Region Basel präsentieren wir am 23. März eine Multivision mit meinen schönsten Aufnahmen der letzten Jahre.
Mehr…

A day trip to Paris

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The reason for this day trip to Paris was Bruno Troublé the mastermind of the Louis Vuitton Cup,  a very charismatic personality in the international sailing world.

He did spend part of his life organising sailing events, negotiating contracts, and sailing on many differnt boats.

Some years ago when I landed the first time in Auckland I saw the advertisement from Louis Vuitton
“To sail in the Americas’ Cup you first have to win the Louis Vuitton Cup” a clear and strong message.

I still remember the days as a young Laser sailor training on the lake Lugano spending every few years the nights in front of the TV watching the Louis Vuitton Cup, followed then by the America’s Cup.
At that time it seemed a world so far away.
Read the Wave article about Bruno Troublé

See more portraits of the Wave series

Yoga Sport or Art

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Most of the time I’m shooting sport outdoor is it sailing or mountains, but some times we stay inside.
End of year is always a good moment to try out new ideas. This photos  where taken with Nora Kersten a professional Yoga teacher here in Zurich and a former Miss. It’s great to discover as photographer the human body as a form of art.
Model: Nora Kersten
H&M: Astrid MV
Retouching: Uliana

See all photos of this shooting: http://bit.ly/yoga_nora

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Fotografieren mit behinderten Menschen

Diese Jahr durfte ich zwei Fotoprojekte realisieren, mit Menschen, die mit einer Behinderung durch das Leben gehen. Die Behinderungen sind sehr unterschiedlich, von geistigen, aber auch physische und zum Teil in Kombination.

Bis jetzt war der Kontakt mit ihnen für mich etwas ungewiss. Ich hatte bereits ein paar Erfahrungen gemacht, aber wird es klappen? Portraitaufnahmen sind immer etwas sehr persönliches, das wird ein richtig grosser Schritt, dachte ich mir.

Nach dem ersten Projekt, ein Buch über die Bewohner eines Wohnheims in Zürich-Seefeld, merkte ich, dass es gar nicht so schwer ist. Man kann mit Ihnen fast so umgehen, wie mit anderen Menschen auch. Zusammenfassend konnte man sagen: authentisch sein ist die Lösung. Nur bei gewissen Themen, je nach Behinderung, ist etwas Vorsicht geraten: Bei einem Spaziergang mit einer Gruppe kam das Thema Rauchen in die Gesprächsrunde und natürlich habe ich versucht, meinen Standpunkt zu erklären. Rauchen ist ungesund und wer gesund lebt, lebt länger. Plötzlich war das Thema Tod in der Runde und da musste die Leiterin kurz eingreifen.

Link zum Buch: Dabei sein

Was mich schon seit einiger Zeit beschäftigte war das Video von Pro Infirmis mit Gianni Blumer

Link zum Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FH4yK5ibmM
Es zeigt auf eindrückliche Art und Weise, wie wir mit ihnen aus ihrer Sicht umgehen, und ja wir machen einiges falsch.

Kurz darauf kam das zweite Projekt mit sechs Segler von Sailability. Das war nochmals einen Schritt weiter, nicht nur Portraits, dazu werden wir sie noch mit Wasser bewerfen.

Warum mit Wasser bewerfen, das ist doch nicht fair, sagten einige, das geht nicht!
Und genau darum ging es. Doch es macht Sinn, denn wenn sie segeln gehen, werden auch sie nass. Sie haben genauso Freude an grossen Wellen und viel Wind wie jeder andere Segler auf der Welt.

Ohne die Unterstützung der Sailability.ch Organisation hätte ich nie den Mut aufgebracht, die sechs jungen Segler mit Wasser zu bewerfen, aber sie haben mir gezeigt, dass es geht und wir mit ihnen umgehen können wie mit anderen Segler/Sportler.  Natürlich geht auch ein grosser Dank an die sechs junge Seglerinnen: Wayra, Luis, Patrick, Alex, Dominik, Florian.

Die Bilder sind nun veröffentlicht und nehmen Ihren Weg, es würde mich sehr freuen, wenn diese Bilder genau die Diskussion anregen und den Umgang mit unseren Freunden vereinfachen.

Link zu den Bilder: Wir sind Segler/innen

Was mich weiterhin beschäftig: nicht unsere behinderten Freunde müssen lernen, mit uns umzugehen, sondern wir mit ihnen. Frage mich manchmal, wer ist den hier behindert. Die unverfrorene, direkte und ehrliche Art, welche ich mit diesen zwei Projekten erleben konnte, ist sehr erfrischend und würde manchen gut tun.

Jürg Kaufmann

Make up and Light

Shooting out in the nature is complex, the light is not always as you would like to have it, the studio work should be simpler. You can adjust the light as you like as you have it in mind, the stylist prepare the model with as you discuss, the eyes, cheeks etc. Seems easy but it’s not. The light is something witch require patience and then you have it but the make-up part is a challenge. What if the model think the eyes should be less or more retouched? The time is flying, retouching, adjusting the light etc. and you are still looking for different positions.
The studio work is cool really like it and the winter is a good time to work on this. Looking forward to the next shooting in the studio.

Click on the photo to see more images from this shooting.