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Journal

Photographing in a wind tunnel was always something I wanted to do. Commissioned by Swiss Side, the number 1 in aerodynamics in cycling together with the athlete Patrick Lange from Germany, it was meant to be a great day!

Since 2013, I am working with Swiss running shoe company On to create a simple yet timeless visual imagery. From the beginning, the creative department gave me freedom and let me do my thing. I try to emphasize the runner’s body in motion combined with minimal architecture and sleek landscapes from Switzerland.

When I was commissioned by Zurich based yoga label LOLA | FRED to create three campaign images, I came up with the concept to show a bold visual language with an urban and minimalistic touch. Three Yoga masters take pose on sleek architecture all over Switzerland.

I have been working closely with Red Bull for a few years now: From sports to landscapes to portraits. Here is a selection of projects I did in the past 4 years.

In 2015, I was commissioned by Audi to capture my view of the so called Grand Tour of Switzerland. I spent 4 days documenting on the road between Zurich, Schaffhausen and St. Gallen. Audi then published an art book together with Swiss Tourism to illustrate this special route.

„Niseko Nighta“ is a mixed media, long term project about snow & silence in the not so calm town of Niseko on Hokkaido, the northern Island of Japan. Working with available lights & strains, I am trying to visualise and record the sound of silence during my night wanders. In progress.

KORUA is an unconventional snowboard brand that creates unique shapes to experience snow surfing. Because design is core to KORUA, we focused on capturing unique details and geometrical shapes. The outcome is arousing curiosity about the brand and putting an accent on the unconventional way of doing things.

A light creature surrounded by dark and cool colors! Zurich-based electronic band Len Sander creates music that floats along the lines of comforting beats and melancholic melodies. These impressions are translated visually into photography and their newest CD-Cover « Saltlick »

For ten years I travelled the globe, chasing the snow to document the international freestyle snowboarding scene under the alias „Creager“. My unique, timeless approach to snowboarding photography received worldwide recognition. Capturing athletes in the right moment is still something I strive for today.

Paragliding phenomenon Chrigel Maurer told me about his personal challenge of flying „infinity tumblings“. Just like that, I found myself on a pitch black night high above Interlaken, Switzerland, waiting for Chrigel flying by to capture these incredible moves.

When On comes out with the Cloud Monochrome Edition it’s all about colors and you take on the challenge to run the full spectrum of light! Playing with colors by covering most of the picture with similar tones to the shoes was combined with aerial movements and jumps to give the images a lightness and some depth. 

 

Ben Portier is a surfer and photographer at heart. After meeting Ben on assignment in Biarritz, France, I followed him for a day to capture what he loves above all – surfing!

Following my intuition allowed me to find these quiet photographs, mostly landscapes. On going.

Quiet and calm portraits of friends and people I cross paths with, mixed with landscapes and objects I have collected over the past few years.

Switzerland is well known for its great architecture. Luckily, I’m being commissioned by several architects like JOM or NW-A to document their work across the country.

The agency Bühler & Bühler asked us to create an image that would represent their district “Kreis 5“, a very urban and alternative neighborhood in the former industrial part of Zurich. We decided to combine minimal architecture, shadows versus light and people to create this scene.

Synapsis is a Swiss foundation whose mission is to explain mental illness through art. For their first exhibition on bipolar disorder, we created a still life image that represents the fragility, the uncertainty and the ever-changing mood of people affected by this dreadful condition.

Fabian is a professional javelin thrower who I was lucky to photograph in Winterthur, Switzerland in 2012. To fragment his movement through photography, gives a better understanding of this uniquely aesthetic sport.

VIA HELVETICA is an art project by Anne Lutz & myself. With the help of our intuition we’re photographing quiet landscapes and rare objects and hope for many special encounters with people from our country. The aim is to present a different Switzerland through a book and an exhibition at the end of our adventure.

I photographed these individuals who seemingly came from outer space in Verbier back in 2013. With speeds up to 250 km/h, these speedskiers rush down the mountain like there is no tomorrow. I am fascinated by their moves, the fragility of their performance apparel and the surreal setting up 3000m above sea level.

Born in 1978 in the countryside of Switzerland, snowboarding soon became the center of my life. On my 23rd birthday I seriously injured my knee, which put an end to my professional snowboarding career before it even really started. I took this as an opportunitiy to learn everything about photography. During the next 10 years I travelled the globe, chasing the snow to document the international freestyle snowboarding scene under the alias “Creager“. I received worldwide recognition with a unique and timeless approach in snowboarding photography. In 2014 I got awarded with „Advertising Photographer of the year“ in Switzerland.

Today, capturing athletes in motion is still something I strive for. Besides, I identify myself with meditative landscapes, calm portraits and still lifes. I dedicate my time to personal projects as well as commercial jobs – with a special emphasis on simplicity, mysticism and quietness.

Happy to announce that I’ll be taking part in a group exhibition in Paris, amongst some very inspiring artists. Vernissage is tuesday the 7th from 7.30pm @Volume Library, 47 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth, 75002 Paris

I’ll be showing one of my works from „Niseko Nighta“ ;) Curated by the one and only Jad Hussein, photo courtesy of Bertrand Trichet!

See you there!

t

 

Géants, le spectacle de la montagne | 07-11-2017

Hereby I would like to invite you to my very first solo exhibition, yay!

Opening reception October 21st from 5pm on

Exhibition October 21st – November 12th

Opening hours Saturdays / Sundays 4pm – 6.30pm
At Gallery Gartenflügel, Ziegelbrücke / Gartenfluegel.ch

Thomas

STILLE - first solo exhibition | 01-10-2017

My photograph of a hidden running track will be auctioned for the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation and the Athlete Refugee Team (ART) competing at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.

Several artworks will be displayed August 8th – 11th in the temporary ‚On Embassy‘ A.R.T. Exhibition at the Eight Club in Moorgate.

If you happen to be in London, go check it out!

Thomas

| 09-08-2017

Anne and I spent early week in beautiful Ticino, photographing two sunny days for Swiss running company On. We photographed urban and nature, climbed up hills, swam in rivers and lakes, ate Pizza and Risotto, had tons of laughs and spent time on roofs like on this one here.

Hard to beat ;)

 

Thomas

On assignment for On | 25-06-2017

Another day well spent high up in the mountains, this time for Intersport Switzerland newest campaign.

I am so lucky ;)

 

t

Campaign for Intersport Switzerland | 07-06-2017

If you happen to be around Lausanne next week: Group exhibition @ Espace Abstract, Vernissage 9th of June 6pm, Exhibition runs through until 1st of July.

Come by and eat a Wienerli with us!

Thomas

I was a galactic Wienerli | 29-05-2017

Swiss Side, the number 1 in aerodynamics in cycling, commissioned me to photograph triathlete Patrick Lange. So spending a day in a wind tunnel just got off my bucket list ;)

Thomas

Patrick Lange for Swiss Side | 18-05-2017

It was about time for a new website. And hey, finally my first logo ever. For that reason I would like to invite you to dive into my world and discover simplicity, mysticism and quietness.

Design & Logo : Anne Lutz

Coding: Roger Burkhard

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Thomas

New Website & Logo | 19-04-2017

Anne and I have spent a few days in Saas Fee for INTERSPORT, shooting their key visual for 2018.

Clients mostly asking for perfect weather for a shoot and the day after, when you don’t have to work, it’s often crappy. But this time it was the other way around ;) Our intuition was right and we received a lot of new snow during the shooting day, so it was perfect. The day after it was bluebird and we just enjoyed the scenery, like this part of the glacier here.

Thomas

In Saas Fee for INTERSPORT | 02-04-2017

In February Anne & I got commissioned by On to photograph their newest addition: The Cloud Monochrome! We photographed this series in the studio using gels in front of our lens.

You can now look at the full series under „Monochrome“.

Thomas

On Cloud Monochrome | 29-03-2017

Exactly one month ago I photographed this gondola here during a cold evening in Laax for Red Bull Switzerland. We filled the thing with haze, lights and some gels. It is to promote upcoming concerts in ski gondola’s. That was fun!

Thomas

Red Bull Gondeli | 14-03-2017

I am honored that one of my photos is part of the Swiss Hasselblad Masters – Exhibition at Maag Halle in Zurich these days. Photographed this image while on assignment for Audi in 2015.

You can see the full series under „Audi“.

Thomas

Swiss Hasselblad Masters - Exhibition | 07-01-2017

Once again I photographed some images for On. These days are always pure pleasure, working with highly motivated Athletes on superb locations and hunting day light all day long. I like this!

I added them under „On“.

Thomas

Imagery for On | 02-01-2017