Spain Bilbao March 2018 Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in the morning light
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.
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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.
Doing 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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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 .
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Hier die ersten Bilder davon:
Set im Aufbau
A bit of sailingemotions from my last project in China Sanya with Team Alvimedica in Volvo Ocean Race.
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.
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.
VOLVO MATCH RACE CUP First event is over. What a cool feeling parking the RIB in on the lake where I live in Küsnacht and go the the shooting by boat.
The event wasn’t that easy to shoot, gray weather, white boats and not much wind. At the end we got some. The final was quite an interesting series of 4 match…lucky we decided to to the video for that.
PS: James did as uasual an amazing job with the editing..thank you