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Friday, 10 October 2014

Back to Summer

Unusually warm day in Zürich yesterday! Thursday felt like Saturday - it seemed everyone was at the lake enjoying the sun, including this guy who entertained the crowd with magnificent bubbles.
I had brilliant holidays and now I am back with a lot of material, will report soon about my adventures in Tajikistan.

Have a bubbly weekend.

Love,
AB

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Accidental Guest

Finally I laid my hands on recent photos from the beautiful Orta lake where I have become an accidental wedding guest.  It was my first Italian wedding and I loved it! And I love Italians for their laid-back attitude: no-one paid attention to a tourist crawling on the floor with a camera between the guests. 

The ceremony in the church took forever and the invitees outside started to melt slowly and pass another round of refreshing sparkling wine. Worst of all - nobody was taking their pictures; the photographer was inside the cathedral, trapped with the bride and groom. So after a certain round of prosecco I became courageous enough to pull out my new (yey!) camera. Here is a few impressions of that special afternoon…





Have a beautiful weekend.

Love,
AB

Friday, 12 September 2014

One Last Thing Before I Go

I am going for two week holidays… again! :-) Home, sweet home this time, September in Tajikistan is my favorite time of the year and it's my moms' birthday in a few days. But at the moment I am sitting in Moscow's Domodedovo airport - five hours of waiting ahead of me. No problem at all, since I have two nice reads in my handbag. 

Ok, maybe it's not an ideal title for an airplane read, but somehow this book caught my attention at the airport bookshop. Here is the book's description: "Jonathan Tropper's funny, touching family story about a man named Silver who has begun to accept that his life isn't going to turn out as he expected. 
So when he learns that his heart requires emergency, lifesaving surgery, Silver makes the radical decision to refuse the operation, choosing instead to use what little time he has left to repair the relationship with his daughter, become a better man, and live in the moment - even if that moment isn't destined to last very long".  

The second read is something completely different. It is a poetry book by my friend Marina Zamorina, first samples have finally arrived and got my well deserved copy, since I did Marina's cover photo :-).

Marina has a gift of seeing poetry in everyday objects;  she transports reader into her world - real at one moment, imaginary the next. "Un certain hiver" is a glimpse into a woman's soul, sometimes melancholic, other times ecstatic and always inexplicable… 

La lumière blanche argentée 
Le lac se promène entre les rives
Les nuages sont perdus aux anges
Je plane comme le plume entre les temps
Un corps léger, presque astral,
D'une femme bienheureuse de Chagall

I wish you a wonderful and poetic weekend. 

Love,
AB  

Friday, 5 September 2014

Chasing Summer

Well, well, September is showing itself from the better side, the sun has finally come back from long vacation. Taking advantage of a good weather I asked my friend Marina to model for my "Summertime sadness" photo session. Armed with butterflies and paperer boats we met on the Lausanne promenade near the Olympic Museum. Here are some results of the two hour fun. 













Have fun this weekend.

Love,
AB

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Unlikely Neighbors

If you ever came to Zürich on a business trip you surely were taken to Kronenhalle - the best traditional restaurant in town at Bellevue square. Bought and restored by Gottleib and Hulda Zumsteg in 1925, this place has become a refuge for many European artists fleeing from spreading nazism in neighboring European countries. 

Later, Zumsteg's son Gustave started to built the art collection in the restaurant. The famous silk trader, he came to know couturiers like Channel, Dior, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Givenchy and through them the doors where open to became friend with artists like Chagall, Miró, Giacomettis and many others. Since it was a meeting place for the local bourgeoisie,  Kronenhalle has become a perfect showroom for international artists. 

Each art work was acquired, inexpensively, Gustav managed to persuade Chagall to design the stained glass window on the outside wall, Picasso to donate several of his sketches, Giacometti to design the tables and lamps.
photo: The Yam List

A couple of weeks ago I had a pleasure of contemplating this Chagal's sunset, sitting at the nearby table under the Miro's painting. But it is not only the art collection which attracts globe trotters from all over the world - Krone's finest menu will sweep you off the feet: traditional Swiss recipes are served from a trolley where they are kept warm, you'll be advised on the most suitable wine to go with your Zürich style veal  and rösti, and I heard that their Robespierre filet makes quite a spectacle.  

And just two steps away from Bellevue you'll find another restaurant\wine bar which will steal your attention and tell you a completely different story about the town's gastronomical institution. The story that I heard on Friday night from the owner of Weisse Rose goes that Hulda (supposedly the founder of Kronenhlle) was working at this very restaurant  and Gottlieb Zumsteg came to Weisse Rose for his favorite soup and the two got married later. 
While listening to intriguing stories that go back one century, I was observed by these two gentlemen, Peter and Ernst Weingartner, the regular guests at the Weisse Rose. They whispered to me later that I shouldn't  listen to the owner's tales, as Jan Aerts is a "big lier".

photo: NZZ\Tanner

This Dutchman who came to Switzerland in the sixties is a big art collector too. With his partner Juan Cardozo (a painter himself) they built up a serious collection of naïve and outsider art, a fraction of which is on display at their little yet legendary establishment, consisting of six wooden tables. 

Aerts's collection includes several paintings of Hans Krusi, for example (at the photo below), who came by the Schweizerhof Hotel at Zürich's Bahnhofstrasse (where Aerts has landed a job as a trainee)  to sell flowers for a cup of hot chocolate in return. After his death in 1995, Krusi is considered one of the biggest Swiss outsider artists, leaving behind near 4000 sketches, drawings, paintings and photographs. 


photo: Eveline Meeuwse
So here is my weekend story. If you are in Zürich go to Bellevue square, to Weisse Rose restaurant and then after a good wine experience go to Kronenhalle for their heavenly chocolate mousse… Maybe these two neighbors are not that unlikely after all.

Have a cosy Sunday evening.

Love,
AB

Saturday, 16 August 2014

The Great Escape

In the train from Lausanne to Zurich, my head is turning between the computer screen and beautiful vineyards, ornamenting the Leman lakeside, modest sunshine is reaching down through fluffy white clouds… In spite of terrible torrents and mid-October temperatures, this week spent in Lausanne was very special and saturated with small surprises and discoveries. And in spite the hours of work, I had time to enjoy the lake - observing swans, fishermen, and tourists. It was a kind of escape. 
A great escape, maybe?.. if I can borrow the name of a nice resto I discovered these days. 
Rue de la Madeleine 18

CH-1003 Lausanne

They serve tastiest burgers, the atmosphere is informal, the crowd is colorful and the location is perfect. 


The great escape is located two steps away from the Rumine palace, where the biggest surprise was awaiting. Stepping in with some visitors to marvel at the palace's  finest renaissance decor,  we saw this poster: 
For the first time in Switzerland, the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne is showing an outstanding collection of major works from the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. Around seventy paintings document the finest achievements of the Russian landscape school in the 19th century.

The sea, mountains, forests and skies of the vast Empire, the passage of the seasons from dawn to nightfall, peasant customs, and rural and urban buildings convey that new sensibility and that aspiration for renewal. The artists exhibited include Ivan Aivazovsky, Ivan Shishkin, Arkhip Kuindzhi, Mikhail Nesterov, Ilya Repin, Alexei Savrasov, and Vasily Vereshchagin.

Slightly changing our day's program we went in, and it was a true escape into the magic of Russian landscape. Beautifully painted showrooms varied from dark grey to bright pink, enhancing and accentuating each painting. You have time till 5th October to go and see the exposition, and I need to change trains soon. 

Have a surprising weekend,

Love,

AB

Friday, 8 August 2014

High Season

Summer goes on…or at least they say so: it is pretty grey outside of my window :-), Swiss summer is rather capricious this year. However it is only a six-hour drive from Zürich to what seems an eternal sunshine… Italian and French riviera. What a temptation!.. and as we know it: the only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it :-)

So here is a few impressions from a short recent trip from Sanremo to Nice. 




As it happens, it was a last trip for my little old camera, which had been my best non-human friend in the past five years. R.I.P my little Canon and thank you for wonderful memories :-)


Love,
AB

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Lost & Found

"Your internal dialogue has got to be different from what you say. 
And, you know, in film, hopefully that registers and speaks volumes. 
It's always the unspoken word and what's happening behind 
someone's eyes that makes it so rich".
Viola Davis
Does it happen to you, that you have too much too say and you end up saying nothing at all eventually?.. So many things happened in the past two months… Corfu was unspeakably beautiful and rich, I have met wonderful and precious people, I have also lost someone special this summer. 

Yes, yes, this unforgettable summer, a mixture of bitter and sweet, like the Aperol spritz at the seaside café in Sanremo some days ago…    

Arillas beach, Corfu
What happens to all those unspoken words?.. Some become songs, thats for sure. Looking for a song on Youtube, I came across this beautiful piece by Skunk Anansie. My unspoken words turned into a Replay button tonight 

Good night.
Love,
AB
…I hope you get to meet your hero
I hope she never lets you down
I hope she never tears you heart out
Or runs away without a sound
I hope you get to choose your weapons
And fire first without a cause
I hope you get meet your hero
I hope she's what you're waiting for

Don't let her down


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Cap Sur...Corfu!

Ladies and Gentlemen, finally! I am leaving to Corfu, two and a half weeks of bliss (hopefully) and many, many pictures :-)


photo: www.telegraph.co.uk 

I am leaving tomorrow at dawn with my best friend and her Mini :-)... Yes, we are going by car, a much delayed teenage trip.. :-) And yes, we don't have a spare tire, but instead many beautiful summer dresses :-).
I will keep you posted!

Love,
AB

Cold Press

Nice surprise this afternoon: found a photo with my painting in an article of the Swiss magazine Beobachter. Isabelle Anne Küng is posing in Teatro Palino, Baden, next to my painting "Secret dream". 
  
And yes, they did not mention the artist :-).

Sweet secret dreams everyone.

Love,
AB

Friday, 30 May 2014

Wild Wild Horses

“Yes, you see, there’s no such thing as coincidence. 
There are no accidents in life. Everything that happens
 is the result of a calculated move that leads us to where we are.” 
― J.M. DarhowerSempre: Redemption

Some days ago I had to say Goodbye to one of my paintings, my dapple has found a beautiful home.
Marriage, 120x100
2014, acrylic on canvas

And then a funny thing happened - I got a new neighbor, a couple of neighbors to be precise, I would like to make friends with them, well, I already asked a permission to do their portraits, they agreed :-) Here is a first one...
  
Have a nice wild weekend :-)

Love,
AB

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Waiting for Summer

Rainy, rainy days again... but we did have some sun last weekend,  I took advantage of its' soft evening light to do some pictures. My exercise was to shoot against the sun, many people are horrified by it, but in fact it could bring some very nice effects. That is what I came up with: 

Nicolas, an engineer from Wettingen, is enjoying his neighbor's freshly cut grass.  
Marina, Zürich, relaxing in her garden after a long week. 

Besides, Marina is a poet and we just did a shoot for her upcoming book, I am very excited about seeing my work on a book cover. :-) 

Keep your feet warm this rainy week :-)

Love,
AB

Friday, 16 May 2014

Feeling Blue...

 Looking through my last years' pictures I found this old commode which I brightened up some time ago. Here is a "before" photo... the poor thing was given a rustic touch with random strokes and I had to come to rescue. :-)

My first impulse was to try something edgy and bright, something a la Delphine La Lorme, a painter and designer from Paris. Here is a couple of her chic and provocative pieces. 



But at the end I chose a solution a bit less risqué and painted my commode bright blue (can't name a shade now since I mixed several pigments), adding miniature squarish silver knobs for a modern touch , et Voila!

This is my part of sharing for tonight.

Good night and a good weekend!

Love,
AB

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

My Day With...

"I fall in love with almost every person I photograph. 
I want to get close. This is personal for me"

Stephanie Sinclair
How was your day?

I spent mine with my God son who just turned 3. And that's how I remember him on his first birthday, when he bursted into tears just before the candle ceremony :-) Time really flies and I realize I have to spend more time with people I love... 


Apart from that, turning up a bit early for an appointment this morning I was sitting in a waiting room leafing Das Ideale Heim magazine where I came across a wonderful Swiss photographer Catherine Gailloud and her blog My Day With.  Of course the evening passed looking at her work: splendid swiss landscapes and great architecture, lovely interiors and lively portraits... She even bothers to translate her interviews into English (with all my love to French language...:-)  More of her work is on her website: www.cgailloud.com 

In that very same waiting room I had a chance to discover another great person and photographer - Stephanie Sinclair, whose pictures are known to millions, especially lovers of National Geographic where she is a regular contributor. Cinclair is an American photographer and a human rights fighter. 

You probably recognize this photo she took in Afghanistan. 

Her photo series, “Child Brides,” examines “how children continue to be forced into marriage in more than 50 countries around the world.” The project was the result of eight years of work in Afghanistan, NepalEthiopiaIndia, and Yemen. Here is the projects website tooyoungtowed.org.

So that was my day. Since we are talking photography here, may I brag a little? I just got my box of new flyers! Happy as Alex with his birthday cake today :-)



Good night.

Love,
AB


Saturday, 5 April 2014

Dream On...

So it's time for a little mid-term evaluation of my forth exposition in Switzerland "Russische Träume" (Russian dreams) in tandem with Vladimir Mishin's drawings and sculptures.

First of all, thank you to all the friends who came to the vernissage, we had a pretty exiting evening. Here is a few impressions of the event:
We are open till the 13th of April, here is more detailed information if you decide do pass by :-)


Love,
AB

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Russian Dreams


"These are my dreams, dreams of the human soul, often forgotten and unclaimed in the chaos of our untimeliness"

                                          Vladimir Mishin


No, I will not write about Ukraine, or Sochi... I want to write about artists' dreams... and beautiful women :-) Actually, I want to write about so many things that I don't know where to start. It has been almost two months since my last post. So, the most important: I am having an exposition in two weeks. Yey! It takes place in Baden, In Teatro Palino (28.03 - 13.04, Vernissage is on the 28th starting at 17H, please come by) and I am feeling very lucky to expose my works next to pieces of Vladimir Mishin, a Russian master and a monumentalist. 

The name of the exposition is "Russische Träume" (Russian dreams) and it includes drawings and sculptures of Vladimir Mishin and my paintings. Speaking of which, here is one that I finished today. 

Dans la peau de Pierrot
60x60 sm, acrylic on canvas
2014

Another thrilling event of these days: night carnival of Basel (Basler Fasnacht). It is the biggest carnival in Switzerland that takes place between February and March before lent. At 4 am all city lights go off, and a magnificent river of lanterns floats through the streets of old Basel. 

Around 6 am you get cold feet and start to feel hungry so you jump into a café (which is open throughout the carnival night) to offer yourself a glass of hot wine and cheese or onion pies...mmmm....delicious. Even more delicious if you spent this carnival night in a company of ten beautiful russian women as did .  I must explain: my night trip to Basel was actually a work: I had to photograph a group of ladies who came to Switzerland to celebrate the timeless wisdom of women's' circle. .
And I cannot resist posting a photo of Svetlana (the name means Radiant in Russian), which I took between their classes and rituals. 

Are you still following? :-) Most chaotic post ever! 

Sweet dreams!

Love,
AB

Monday, 13 January 2014

1001 Nights...

Well, well... What do you do during grey rainy winter mondays?...
I dream through rainy winter mondays... And look through thousands of pictures which I promised to select and send to my friends and clients. 

I found this photo today: a dearest friend and a great client (she has a talent of creating the right mood and image + natural beauty does make it easier for a photographer...:-) is looking playful and noble at the same time... Olga always (even if we are sitting in her kitchen drinking tea) makes me think about Scheherazade... 

Don't you agree?

Warm monday evening, everybody.

Love,
AB