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6x6 one

Swiss CHapter

6x6 one

March 2021

Publisher: The Royal Photographic Society, Swiss Chapter Editor: Richard N Tucker ARPS tucker42@bluewin.ch Editorial Assistants: Rob C Kershaw ARPS, Urs Albrecht LRPS Designer: Timo Lehto contact@timo.photo Submissions are open to all Swiss Chapter members. Detailed submission guidelines can be found on the last pages of the magazine. Deadline for the issue no.2 is 30th of April 2021. 6x6 two is due June 5 2021. © 2021 All rights reserved on behalf of the authors. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission from the publisher. The Royal Photographic Society, Swiss Chapter and the Editor accept no liability for any misuse or breach of copyright by a contributor. The views expressed in this magazine do not necessarily reflect the policies of the Royal Photographic Society or of the Swiss Chapter

Cover image: Hakim Boulouiz Back cover image: Richard N Tucker ARPS


A Quarterly Swiss Chapter eMagazine

Editorial Richard N Tucker ARPS

One Following the positive responses to the Zero issue of “6x6”, we are happy to present this first formal edition. Six photographers who are members of the RPS Swiss Chapter – even though some now live outside Switzerland – each show six pictures.

Colour Through the long history of photography, the majority of images were monochrome and form rather than tone was the marker for quality. With the increasing access to colour film from the mid-20th Century colour came to dominate personal and private photography. It made slower inroads into commercial and art photography as most publications were black and white. Today we all have access to astonishing digital colour. Our traditional views about photography have undergone radical change over the last twenty or so years. Colour sets mood, as in the quiet New England images by Candia Peterson and in the display of our manufactured detritus, cropped to art by Rob Kershaw. But colour becomes the dominant factor in the pictures from Hakim Boulouiz sometimes being the subject as well as the object. Chris Jenkins’ photographs of the ice racing at St Moritz, capture the frenetic movement of horse and man on the white snow and ice, making the riders colours even more dramatic. Urs Albrecht blends form and colour to be the picture. There is nothing else but the colours and the bubble shapes. Colour has become the subject. By isolating flowers from their usual context John Norris makes us see their form and colour anew.

candia peterson lrps hakim boulouiz chris jenkins urs albrecht lRPS john norris rob c kershaw aRPS

weekend in the Hamptons street of paradoxes White turf basics of life a small world wasteful art?

Candia Peterson LRPS

weekend in the Hamptons

Having recently moved to Upstate New York, it was lovely to escape the confines of the local environment to spend a weekend in the Hamptons, on Long Island in late September. There was a chill in the air and on the beaches but with the tourists gone, the out of season calm was refreshing and invigorating. These images were taken on a late afternoon and early the following morning.

hakim boulouiz

street of paradoxes

The street is full of paradoxes: friendly and dangerous, beautiful and ugly, cheerful and sad. It astonishes each time by its moods, its seasons. However, what drives us through that random and hypothetical urban scene? The street photographer seeks to raise questions about the fragility and the complexity of human life inside that paradox. He also believes in the omnipotence of poetry and dream to bring to the foreground, the latent content of reality. He is convinced that photography, in its surrealist plenitude, can give us visions that are different from our cities and our lives. This art could take the spectator's psyche anywhere. So let's trust it!

chris jenkins

white turf

While winter holds its own attractions, especially for landscapes, it also heralds unique sporting events. The annual White Turf horse races held in St Moritz over 3 Sundays in February is one of Switzerland’s most popular winter events. With sunny skies, snow, plenty of colourful action and interesting people in the crowd, the photographer is spoilt for choice.

urs albrect lrps

Basics of Life

Life has evolved over millions of years in the presence of water. Heat, condensation and lighting generated the first biological macromolecules from basic inorganic particles. The newly formed macromolecules gained the ability to self-organize and self-replicate, eventually producing cellular life-forms.


Using colored light sources, I illustrate in this collection of photographs the self organizing properties of lipids (oils) in water. This process can also involve air when mixed with water and oil, leading to globular structures on the surface of water or spheres when inside water. Moving water elongates the circular oil structures, which will quickly return to a circular shape upon cessation of water movement. This basic physical arrangement of oil into droplets is the base for the formation of cell membranes, which is essential for the development of life.




Orpheus Sysiphus

john norris

a small world Ten years ago I began a three year photographic project to create a collection of alpine flower photographs. I used a small white card background, one lens and whatever natural light was available. It was a personal project with no time limit or geographical boundaries. I have since relocated to Dorset and live on the Jurassic coastline and in March of 2019 when the Covid lockdown began the world available to me as a photographer was reduced in an instant to a small patch of land around my house. The old garden that my partner Anne and I had renovated was now coming into bloom. Without consciously deciding to make another extended collection of images I began photographing our plants and as I had previously decided with the alpine plants I chose again to capture them all in situ. Some flowers I like to shoot before or after they are in their prime finding these stages more inspiring. This time I used flash balanced with natural light to create a black background. On occasion I made sorties after nightfall to shoot roses in the dark, rewarded not just with another picture but the full power of their wonderful scent. Although my world had shrunk to a small cultivated space seen through the passing seasons of a challenging year, I had found solace in discovering the one hundred and fifty photographs there waiting for me.

Dahlia 'Arabian Night'

Cynara cardunculu

us - Cardoon

Acanthus mollis - Bear's breeches

Echinacea purpurea 'Fatal Attraction' - Purple coneflower

Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy' - P

Pineapple Lily

Borago officinalis - Borage

rob c kershaw aRPS

Wasteful art?

Almost every Saturday morning I take our “rubbish” to the Déchetterie in our local commune for recycling. It’s always busy with the amount of waste that we all seem to accumulate these days. There are containers for all types of materials that are surplus to requirements, no longer function or have been replaced at home by the latest model, as well as all the accumulated packaging, building and garden refuse. There is even a specific container for used Nespresso capsules! Of course being Switzerland the facility is neatly set up and remarkably clean. It is also a testament to the commitment of the community to re-cycle. Usually I have a camera with me and from time to time take photos around the dump. Reflecting on these pictures it occurred to me that there was a possibility of a project documenting the waste we produce and possibly the “random art” of the dumped materials. Over the years, I have taken many photos at the location and the images reproduced are a cross section of this work showing colours, shapes, textures and patterns rather than a more straightforward documentary approach. Déchetterie location 46°46'54.0"N 7°03'33.7"E

Candia Peterson LRPS Born in London in 1961 and graduated from Oxford University in 1984 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Spent some 18 years as an investment banker in London though specialising in the Tokyo stock market which necessitated much time spent in Japan. After leaving the City in 2001, began working for the family business full time and is now the sole owner and manager of Lutyens Furniture & Lighting. Lived in the French Alps from 2003 to 2019, hence membership of the Swiss Chapter. Since moved to the US but continue close involvement with the chapter. Was part of the chapter exhibition in Switzerland and have recently exhibited and sold work in Upstate New York.

Hakim Boulouiz Hakim Boulouiz is a professional photographer and an expert in urban aesthetics based in Switzerland. He is looking to tell stories around poetry, mystery, and paradox by using all the layers involving the construction of urban drama. After receiving a diploma in Architecture, a diploma in Filmmaking, he completed a Ph.D. analyzing the interaction between modernity and short cinema. Hakim has won several international photography awards.

Chris Jenkins Originally from South Africa, moved to Europe in the mid-70s and lived in various countries, before settling in Zürich 24 years ago. Became seriously interested in photography with the advent of the digital age in the early 2000s. Self-taught, with an early obsession for landscapes now broadening to include street and other genres.

Urs Albrecht LRPS Born 1962 in Mexico City and growing up in Switzerland he is a scientist and self-taught photographer, keen to explore the world to uncover hidden relationships between organisms and their environment. His work has been exhibited in various national and international exhibitions including the Nikon Gallery, Zürich (1982), Fabriggli (1987), Salaj, Romania (2018), Atoud Sud, France (2019,2020), Shangtuf Exhibition, China (2019), Chemin de Photo, France (2020).

John Norris I was a keen amateur photographer from a young age, turning professional in my twenties soon after moving to Chamonix France where for thirty years I specialised in action and adventure sports. Now based in England I have incorporated my passion for classic motorcycles and motorcycle adventure travel with my ongoing commercial and editorial work. I am currently very involved as the photographer for a long term project for an Indian/Danish Design and furniture making enterprise (Calyah Design). I have exhibited prints of my work in Switzerland, Italy, France and the UK.

Rob C Kershaw ARPS Born in Liverpool in 1952 and graduated from Liverpool University with a postgraduate degree in Biochemistry. Joined ILFORD Limited in 1977 working in sales and marketing roles in the UK then Japan for four years. Following a brief return to the UK moved to the Swiss operation in 1988. Held the position of OEM Business Director and Regional Sales Director Asia Pacific. Involved with ILFORD ink jet printing products since their introduction in 1995. Had two photo exhibitions in Tokyo one in London, one at the Members Gallery in the Octagon plus several in Switzerland. Work has been published in several photographic magazines in the UK and Japan. A regular contributor to Inscape magazine.

Guidelines for submissions to « 6x6 »

Entries are accepted from all Swiss Chapter members. Please send images and text to the editor: tucker42@bluewin.ch Pictures: Send at least six and no more than ten pictures from which six will be chosen. Images should be in JPEG and sRGB colour space, and 2500 pixels on the longest side. A portrait in portrait format and a 3/2 ratio, should also be included. Text: Word Document. Optimum length between 100 and 240 words and should not exceed 1500 characters with spaces included. Biography: Should have maximum 700 characters (spaces included); which means about 110 words, the optimum being between 60 to 95 words.

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The Royal Photographic Society Swiss Chapter eMagazine March 2021