I moved to Geneva in 2007 and since than the surrounding mountains were the primer target for my photography and I have been trying to get up there as often as possible. I have quite a stressful day job, so it has also been giving me the opportunity to relax and handle the daily stress a little bit better. I very often came back home from my mountain hikes physically exhausted, but with fresh mind ready for another day. When some time passed by, and we were getting more and more settled here in Geneva, I have begun to pay attention to other photo locations in my neighbourhood, and guess who was the first obvious candidate. Of course it was the lake, one of the biggest in Western Europe. To give you a brief description, the lake is split 60/40 between Switzerland and France. In Switzerland itself it goes trough three cantons (Geneva, Vaud and Valais) covering the total area of 345 square kilometres. While the entire world knows the lake under the name Lake Geneva, the locals - meaning all the many great cities on the Swiss and neighbour French shores - call it Lac Leman.
I started my little personal project called “Lac Leman” at the beginning of 2010 and since then I have been trying to travel around the lake and to discover more or less hidden ports and beaches. I am still keeping the main lake’s icons for latter, since I am not sure yet, that I know them very well to be able to capture them in a little bit different and inventive way. The whole project is designed to be in black and white and should present the uniqueness of Geneva lake and surrounding areas. Displayed photograph is named 3+1 and I took it in December 2010 in Excenevex (France), where is one of the most spectacular sandy beaches on the lake shore and also a cosy village bakery, where you can get a fresh pain au chocolat very early morning:) What I personally like about this photograph is the simplicity and a kind of meditative mood, which was created by the winter cloudy weather. I hope you can feel at least a little bit of it.