2 weeks ago
Swiss Symmetries | 1 // I had the unexpected pleasure of visiting Switzerland over Easter Break. It was a trip put together at the very last minute - very unlike me. Wifey was asked at short notice to attend a business meeting in Zug on Tuesday morning after Easter, so we thought this was the best possible excuse we can ever have to visit Switzerland.
I can wax lyrical about Switzerland’s idyllic mountain and lake landscapes - they’re truly as beautiful as those postcards you may have received from friends who visited decades earlier (when postcards were still in fashion!). However, for my first series from this country, I want to veer away from the scenery shots, because, let’s face it, countless others, including local legends like @sebastianmzh and @carim_jost have already shown you the incredible beauty beyond the cities. Instead, I want to focus on my urban exploration around Zürich, a city that I have grown to really like in my few days there. Other than the fact that it is incredibly expensive to get by, Zürich has so much going for it: a beautiful lakeside locale, a near-flawless public transit system that surpasses what is offered by many cities around the world considerably more populous, surprisingly good food, and for me, lots of interesting architectural and cultural sights.
The old town is no doubt very photogenic, but for this series, I set my eyes on patterns, symmetries and lines from the sky. I was surprised how much Zürich had to offer in this department too. I spent an hour or two peering over @googlemaps and one of the first places I was drawn to was Friesenberg District to the south west of the city, in the foothills of Uetlihof, the tallest hill overlooking Zürich. Here is Zürich’s largest housing cooperative district, and from the sky, outer Friesenberg is immaculate: rows and rows of red-tiled housing with beautiful, well-maintained gardens, only interrupted by an occasional school or a few corner shops. The blocks in frame are, I believe, from Phases 5 and 6 of the development, built all the way back in 1931. (Continued...)