Ein Pyramide in the Alpen

Erkennen Sie diesen Berg?
Wussten Sie, dass wir eine Pyramide in den Alpen haben?

Es ist einer der bekanntesten Berge weltweit, nur der Winkel ist nicht sehr bekannt.
Warum eigentlich? Man muss bis zu 3’800m hochklettern, um diese Aussicht zu bekommen.

Es ist das Matterhorn, von hinten, nachdem man von der Tête Blanche den Stöcki-Gletscher hinaufgestiegen ist. Habe dieses Foto 2012 aufgenommen, und aus irgendeinem Grund habe ich es nicht als einen der Favoriten ausgewählt.

Letzte Woche war ich auf der Suche nach einem Bild. Ich habe mich sofort gefragt, warum dieses Foto nicht oben im Portfolio und in der Fine Art Auswahl ist.

Geniessen Sie es !

Do you recognize this mountain?
Did you know that we have a pyramid in the Alps?

It’s one of the most well-known mountains globally; just the angle is not very known.
Why? You have to climb up to 3’800m to get this view.

It’s the Matterhorn, from behind after climbing up the Stöcki glacier from the Tête Blanche. I took this photo some time ago, and for some reason, I didn’t select it as one of the favorites. Last week I was searching for a picture. I immediately asked myself how this photo is not up in the portfolio and the limited edition selection.

Enjoy it.

#rethinking: Gespräch mit Dr. Franzi Glueer von der ETH Zürich über den Aletsch Gletscher

Dieser Artikel ist Teil des Gletscher Projekt www.glaciers.today

English version

Am Großen Aletschgletscher ist das Zusammenspiel von Gletschereis und Felsstabilität zu sehen – und wie schnell dieses Gleichgewicht aus dem Lot gerät.

Dr. Franzi Glueer ETH Zürich

Wer bist du und was machst du in der Aletsch-Region?

Ich bin Ingenieurgeologin beim Schweizerischen Erdbebendienst und forsche an Hangrutschen und Felsstürzen im alpinen Raum. Am Grossen Aletschgletscher habe ich 5 Jahre lang die Felshänge im Bereich der Gletscherzunge vermessen und konnte die Entwicklung eines langsamen tiefgreifenden Hangrutsches zu einer rasanten Massenbewegung verfolgen.

Wie bist Du zu diesem Projekt gekommen?
Ich habe an Hangrutschen in Patagonien geforscht und dabei Prof. Simon Löw von der ETH (Ingenieurgeologie) kennen gelernt. Nachdem ich einige Jahre im Ingenieurbüro geschafft hab, hat mich das Aletschprojekt dann in die Forschung an die ETH gezogen.

Wie lange bist Du nun schon in der Aletsch Region am Messen & Forschen?
2013 haben wir dort die erste Totalstation zur Überwachung von Spiegeln in den Felswänden aufgebaut. Meine Forschungsarbeit über das dort installierte Messsystem und die grosse Hangrutschung von Moosfluh konnte ich im 2018 abschliessen. Seitdem arbeite ich beim Schweizerischen Erdbebendienst und forsche auch an anderen Hangrutschen in der Schweiz. Zur Moosfluh komme ich aber immer wieder.

Was sind die wichtigsten Erkenntnisse aus deiner Forschungsarbeit am Aletsch Gletscher?
Ich hatte das grosse Privileg mit meinem Team von Ingenieurgeologen der ETH Zürich, die Entwicklung eines Hanges von einer langsamen zu einer sich rasant beschleunigenden Massenbewegung zu beobachten und zwar von Anfang an, da wir zu einer Zeit unsere Sensoren installierten, als die Moosfluh noch kein grosses Thema war. Dass die fehlende Last des Gletschereises auf den Hangfuss eine Massenbewegung aktivieren kann, war hier mehr als deutlich. Auch, dass der mit der Gletscherschmelze sinkende Grundwasserspiegel im Hang einen grossen Einfluss auf die Bewegungsraten hat. Des Weiteren habe ich am Mechanismus der Hangbewegung Moosfluh geforscht und ein System entwickelt, wie man anhand von gemessenen Bewegungen an der Oberfläche auf den Mechanismus in der Tiefe schliessen kann.

Wie motivierst Du die so lange über diese Thema zu forschen?
Für mich ist der ganze Bereich der Naturgefahren irgendwie eine Herzensangelegenheit, und am Aletsch gibt es noch so viel zu erforschen, da könnte ich noch lange dran bleiben.

Was können wir Menschen aus Deiner Sicht verändern um den Klimawandel zu bremsen?
Ich forsche ja mehr an den Auswirkungen, die durch ein sich veränderndes Klima entstehen. Momentan habe ich die Möglichkeit noch viele andere Hangrutsche und Felsstürze zu untersuchen. Da wird einem schnell klar, wie verletzlich man ist im Vergleich zu den Kräften, die in einem solchen Hang frei werden. Dieser Respekt vor der Natur lässt einen aufhorchen und handeln. Ob das nun umweltfreundlicher Reisen ist oder ein verändertes Konsumverhalten, es gibt vielfältige Lösungen um die eigenen Treibhausgasemissionen zu vermindern und damit etwas gegen die Erderwärmung zu unternehmen.

Mehr über Franzi Gluer

SUI 2000 – 2020 Buch

Das Kultbuch über 20 Jahre Schweizer Segelsport seit 2000 im reich bebilderten Grossformat, realisiert vom Skippers und von Christian Scherrer und Jürg Kaufmann signiert. Limitierte Auflage von 20 Bücher.

Ein unverzichtbares Sammelwerk für alle Schweizer Segelbegeisterten. Gestaltet und verfasst wird das in 20 Themenbereiche gegliederte Buch von Fachleuten, die diese ebenso dynamische wie intensive Zeit selbst miterlebt haben und aus eigener Erfahrung über die Erfolge der Schweizer Regatteure, die Rolle der Schweiz in der internationalen Segelszene sowie über die Besonderheiten der Schweizer Akteure und Seen berichten können.

Bestellung: CHF/Buch : 100.-

Inhalte / Kapitel

  • Das Alinghi-Epos
  • Segeln in den Alpen
  • Traditionsjachten
  • Triumph der Mehrrümpfer
  • Temporausch im Segelsport
  • Nationale Regattatouren und grosse Regatten
  • Von Schweizern entworfene Boote
  • Hochseeabenteuer unserer Segler
  • Die Olympischen Spiele
  • Erfolgreiche Optimist-Klasse
  • 20 Schweizer Persönlichkeiten
  • Alle Schweizermeister auf einen Blick
  • Nautische Institutionen
  • Internationale Drehscheibe Schweiz

240 Seiten Texte und mehr als 1000 grossformatigen Bilder.

Bestellung: CHF/Buch : 100.-

Faszination Segeln

Marc Knöpfel neuer Präsident Swiss Sailing

Gratuliere Swiss Sailing “Presidente”

War ein sehr unterhaltsames und intensives Photoshooting mit Dir.

Wünsche Dir und Deinem Team viel Erfolg.

Freue mich darauf “FASZINATION SEGELN” mit starken Bilder zu unterstüzen.

Mehr Bilder zu diesem Shooting

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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.

Art inspires and motivates

Art inspires, art motivates, We need art to remind us that life is worth living there is a life, a family, friendship and also an economy after the coronavirus.

In the last two weeks, I read so many articles and news about this virus. Somehow I struggle to accept the fact that we slow down the global economy because for something we are not sure but think it will be bad. Sweden is on a different strategy, will be interesting to see the results of it. We need more testing, but we s still think the real numbers of the infected person is ten times higher, but if they are ten times higher than the virus is not so lethal, etc.

By reading the statistics of the previous flues I see that Germany had 25’000 death in the 2017-2018 winter and the US had over 65’000 death. I’m confused, would like to argue but I can’t change the politics I can’t change the fact that we are all living hidden in our apartments in slow motion. I think by now we all heard all the different theories and arguments.

Yesterday I got a call from China, China is closing down again the movie theatre’s, KTV’s etc.

This morning a friend from Italy called me, he got a phone call from the hospital, his mother is not well, the fever is high up and he can go and see here any more. He told me with a firm voice once she dies they will put here in a spacial bag and cremate here.

For a few seconds, I thought about the photos of the army tracks in front of a hospital in Italy. 

I feel sorry, really sorry deeply sorry. we spoke about the family dinner we had last time all together in an Italian restaurant eating “fritto misto” mixed seafood. But we also realized this dinner is already many years in the past.

I’m not sure how many more of these calls we all will get in the coming weeks, sincerely hope not too many, hope not a single one.

For me, it’s time to make a jump if I could I would like to jump in the future with the same elegance Laetitia did it during the shooting.

Every time I look at this photo it motivates me to move on, leave the old world behind. Ok, I agree we can’t leave the corona-virus behind, not yet. But we can start to plan and organize for the post virus time.

Maybe I see the glass a bit more than half full but it’s time to move on.

Before we finish..there is one more thing:

The power of imagination is to enable us to see an alternative future where reason sees none.

I wish you a good week and plenty of energy and maybe this photo can motivate you to jump in the future.

From now on you can find this photo on Saatchi Art.

Jürg

Photographer: @juergkaufmann

Ballet dancer: Laetitia Bouffard

Limitted fine art prints https://bit.ly/jump_saatchi

#mademyday

Every few days a good photo, no junk food.

We look at hundreds of photos every day. Within a split second, we decide if we like it and then we are off to the next task or thought.

Rio de Janeiro Brasil, Corcovado Sunrise from the Corcovado

Photos became junk food, but what really matters is the slow-food, the one we enjoy and try to get feel all the flavors. Maybe also understand what was the cook thinking when he composed the menu, what inspired him. 

I will try to choose every few days a photo and publish it in my linked in account with the tag #mademyday. It can be a photo which I like just because it makes me happy, it can also be a photo which make me think or just a photo to talk about an good story.

Good story, yes there is a story behind the Sunrise over the Guanabara bay in Rio. Took this photo in 2015 right after the Olympic test event.

We tried for months to get the permission to shoot the sunrise from the Corcovado. It looked like a mission impossible. Below the Corcovado is a big favela and as a gringo like me you don’t even think to go up there alone by yourselves as you would do in the Swiss mountains. Way to dangerous.

Shortly before I was about to flying back home I met a group of managers involved with the organization of the Rio 2016 Olympic games. And guess what, a few phone calls and I could choose the day when to go up there.

A entire well armed escort team drove me up there. They picked me up at 4am in the morning in front of the apartment I rented in Gloria an area in Rio de Janeiro.

At 7:30am when the city started to wake up again we where all back in Gloria having a coffee in one of the bars in Rio de Janeiro. The guest where looking a bit strange. What is this gringo/foreigner doing with armed police officers in a bar so early. They had no idea what we saw that morning.

This photo for sure #mademyday, enjoy it, I hope it also makes your day.

The photo part of the Illuminati series, together with images from Hong Kong, Manhattan, Mounth Kailash in Tibet and a few more.

Jürg

#photos #inspiration #motivation #outdoors #compelling #fineart #skyline #kailash

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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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

RUND UM mit einem Sonnenuntergang

Letztes Jahr war die Rundum kurz vor dem America’s Cup in Bermuda, eigentlich bin ich wegen der Rudum ein paar Tage zu späht nach Bermuda gereist. Der Sonnenuntergang in der Region Überlingen hat es aber voll kompensiert.

Nun war ich wir wieder auf dem Bodensee. Die Wettervorhersage war nicht ideal. Wenn man den Himmel betrachtet war klar das da noch ein Gewitter kommen wird und genau das sorgt für das gewisse etwas. Die Sonne verschwand ein paar Mal hinter den Wolkenschichten, und so wechselte das Licht fast alle 5 Minuten. Leider waren die Zeitfenster für eindrucksvolle Aufnahmen somit etwas kürzer als sonst.

Es ist immmer wieder aufs neue Eindrucksvoll die Natur zu beobachten, sie ist immer anders und überascht uns immer wider aufs neue.
Mit einem Click auf die Bilder gelangen sie zu weiteren Aufnahmen.


Seit einigen Jahren träume ich davon ein paar Monate lang auf und rund um den Bodensee ununterbrochen während mehreren Monate den See und die Umgebung zu fotografieren, und danach ein Buch zu Publizieren mit diesen Aufnahmen. Währe schön wenn sich das mal realisieren lässt.

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Modern Nature

Have been sitting by the water so many times and for so many reasons. Was it to find a solution for a problem, or simply to relax a bit and to enjoy time. Water is a magic element powerful, dangerous and beautiful. Can you hear the peaceful sound of this small waves hitting the the shoreline is so peaceful.
This harmonic shapes of reflections looks so modern, but in reality they have been here longtime before the humanity.
This photos are available as fine art prints

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Live is clear today, we try to look into the future, it’s bright? That’s what we all hope, is it clear, what will it be?

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Bilbao Guggenheim Museum in the morning light

Sapin Bilboa March 1st 2018. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

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Designed by American architect Frank Gehry, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao building represents a magnificent example of the most groundbreaking 20th-century architecture. With 24,000 m2, of which 11,000 are dedicated to exhibition space, the Museum represents an architectural landmark of audacious configuration and innovating design, providing a seductive backdrop for the art exhibited in it.

One of the most admired works of contemporary architecture, the building has been hailed as a “signal moment in the architectural culture”, because it represents “one of those rare moments when critics, academics, and the general public were all completely united about something. The museum was the building most frequently named as one of the most important works completed since 1980 in the 2010 World Architecture Survey among architecture experts.

See the complete series of photos: http://bit.ly/photos_guggenheim_bilbao

Sapin Bilboa March 1st 2018. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Sapin Bilboa March 1st 2018. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

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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

 

Water Quality in Guanabara Bay Rio

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After one week in Rio there are three points wo seem apparent about the water quality.

First, the water is still dirty, and it smells bad in some places.  Most of the day though, especially with the current running, it’s not so bad.  The race course that will be near the bridge still has lots of plastic bags and floating debris around; those seem to be the major risk for sailors at the moment.

Second is the water quality: Days ago, our head coach took some samples and sent to an independent lab for review.  We will have final results in a couple of days, but (and this is incredible), the water quality is within normal limits!  For sure, the water quality is far, far from what I’m used to on our alpine lakes in Switzerland, but still, we saw a turtle today and some of our sailors saw dolphins, so that’s good news.

Third, I remember the Star Worlds here 4 years ago here in Rio, and since then, the water quality has improved A LOT.  We had a race on the future medal course back then, and the water was so horribly brown and even black at times that I couldn’t use a single photo from that race.

We can complain about the water quality, but the reality is that we are seeing a major ecological change here on Brazil’s shore.  Being an outsider it is hard to predict what will happen come 2016, but if the Chinese could solve hundreds of tons worth of algae, it’s not hard to hope that the Brazilians will solve their water management issues.

Jürg

Pure Sailing Passion

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After years of yachting photography and dreaming about presenting my images on a IMAX screen suddnetly you get this magic phone call.

The Swiss National Museum of transportaion, (by fare the largest and most visited museum in Switzerland) was planning a special exibition about sailing and this is the museum with largest IMAX screen in Switzerland.

The selection of the photos turned out to be a challenge, you wnat as many as you can, covering different subject and following a story.

The editing of the video ws done by James McIntyre love the work he does.