Life Lately | A Collection Of Photographs from Switzerland

  Life Lately A Collection of Photographs from Switzerland

I try my hardest to add value into every blog post I write; whether that's to inspire someone, or give someone advice/knowledge, that's always my aim. As I sit and write this, my two weeks in Switzerland are coming to an end. I've had a wonderful time; it's been relaxing, it's been funny, and it's also been extremely productive. I know I'm supposed to have dropped all work and just not thought about it, but the reality is that I spent a lot of time these past two weeks reflecting, planning, and thinking hard about where I want to take my business in 2017. Those plans are much clearer know, and I'm incredibly eager to put them into action!

What's the aim of this blog post today? Well, it's simply to show the other side of what I've been up to these past two weeks. The times when I was really chilled out, enjoying time with my family, or enjoying the area I grew up in. I always had a camera in hand wherever I went, and the addition of the Olympus PEN-F to my gear list has been life changing. You have no idea how nice it is to be able to take a light, little camera with me everywhere, and not compromise on quality!

So here it is. Two weeks worth of images, and I hope that you find them inspiring. Happy 2017, everyone!

Life Lately A Collection of Photographs

Life Lately A Collection of Photographs from Switzerland

Life Lately A Collection of Photographs from Switzerland

Life Lately A Collection of Photographs from Switzerland

Life Lately A Collection of Photographs from Switzerland

Life Lately A Collection of Photographs from Switzerland

Life Lately A Collection of Photographs from Switzerland

Life Lately A Collection of Photographs from Switzerland

Life Lately A Collection of Photographs from Switzerland

Life Lately A Collection of Photographs from Switzerland

Life Lately A Collection of Photographs from Switzerland

Life Lately A Collection of Photographs from Switzerland

Life Lately A Collection of Photographs from Switzerland

Life Lately A Collection of Photographs from Switzerland

Life Lately A Collection of Photographs from Switzerland

Life Lately A Collection of Photographs from Switzerland

Life Lately A Collection of Photographs from Switzerland

 

Switzerland On Film

Crans Montana by Olivia Bossert I was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland. If you had asked me when I was 17 where I would spend my life, I would have told you Geneva. I didn't ever expect to settle down so well in the UK, but for the time being, this is where I'm happy. I try to make a point of going back home at least every two-three months; I can't go much longer than that without seeing my family! I was so excited to go back for Christmas and spend two weeks with them. I was able to relax, zone out of work (to an extent) and go on long, beautiful walks.

Although there was a distinct lack of snow for the season, we managed to go skiing once, and it was so much fun! I decided whilst I was packing to only pack my film camera. I have a terrible tendency of not picking up my analogue camera enough, despite it being the camera which produces my favourite imagery. Perhaps it's the lazy person in me, but I'm so happy it was all I had on me, because I got some beautiful shots out of it.

I'm going back home in February for a long weekend, so I'll definitely be taking more photos whilst we're there... of snow... I hope.

Swiss Alps by Olivia BossertCrans Montana by Olivia BossertSwiss Alps by Olivia BossertWalking on the Edge by Olivia BossertGrey Mountains by Olivia BossertSteaming Cup of Tea by Olivia Bossert

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Ice Skating by Olivia Bossert

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Why I Don't Want to Live In London

London by Olivia Bossert This is something I get asked all the time: "Why don't you live in London?" or: "Don't you think you would be better living in London?" To be totally honest, I'm not a big fan of cities. I never have been! I grew up just outside of Geneva, Switzerland in the countryside. I know that for a lot of people when you say to them that you grew up outside a city, they think that must mean that you lived in a city-like environment. That couldn't be further from the truth. Geneva is tiny. Beautiful and charming, but really tiny. It feels more like a large town than a city. You can drive 10 minutes out of it, and you'll be surrounded by fields and trees. It's a small country, so lots of villages are squished up together, but essentially, it's the countryside.

When I moved to Cornwall, I took "living in the countryside" to a whole new level. I live in Falmouth, which is a beautiful seaside town. I've been here for 5 and a half years now (how the time has gone that fast, I do not know), and at first I was a bit shocked but just how small it was. It took some getting used to. You can cross the high street in 10 minutes by foot, and I guarantee that you'll bump into someone you know every time you leave the house. It's such a lovely place to be, and you do get sucked in by its charm. Cornwall is a very rural county. The public transport is terrible, and to get to any other big village, it's always at least a 25 minute drive (trust me, you need a car), but it's the most beautiful place ever. There's a reason Poldark is so successful! Just look at this post, and this post to see what I mean.

Porthtowan by Olivia Bossert

Now, as you know, I work in fashion. I run a print and online magazine, Atlas, and I'm also a fashion photographer... so the obvious choice would be to go live in a big city right? Right. Well, not for me. Thanks to the good old internet, I can run and build my entire business from home. I work from my beautiful apartment all day, and I regularly email or call people up in London. My colleagues are scattered all around the world. Would it be easier if I was closer to the city? Hell yes. I do have to travel up to London quite a lot, and it's a 5 hour journey from Cornwall, so it's a big old slog every time I need to go up (don't get me started on the time I went there and back for a 15 minute meeting... never again). But would I be happier if I lived in London? Hell no.

I couldn't even begin to  think about rent costs for a start (they terrify me). I like to be outside and go on walks, and thanks to where I live, I've got the sea on my doorstep. I like trees, and greenery, and fresh air, and happy people who smile at each other when they walk down the road. London has it's perks: I can't shop down here at all because Cornwall doesn't have an H&M or a Zara (ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME GUYS, WE NEED YOU), and I sometimes feel jealous that I miss out on a lot of the cool cultural stuff that goes on. I get invited to events by PRs for press regularly, and most of the time the invites are very last minute and I can't make it, so that's frustrating. But most of the time if there's something I want to go to, I hop on a plane or a train and head to the big city for a day or two! No biggie.

The internet has opened up so many doors to so many people all around the world. There's no longer a need for us to all cram into huge cities and survive of baked beans on toast because we can't afford our rent, or a need to breath in polluted air all day. We can work hard and be a part of the industries we love from the comfort of our homes!

What do you do? Do you ever feel pressure to move to a big city? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Cornwall by Olivia Bossert Cornwall by Olivia Bossert Cornwall by Olivia Bossert Cornwall by Olivia Bossert