South Of The Alps, Switzerland
The opportunity to travel through Switzerland with a native English speaker was one I couldn’t pass on. Photographer, time-lapse shooter and general n3rd Sam Ferrara, a guy I met randomly, as he filled a position at a job I had left. We stayed in contact and when he moved to Switzerland for love, I joked about coming to visit and shoot the country with him. Turns out it was far from a joke and I got the tour guide of a lifetime!
A very affordable flight took me into Zurich for a 10-day adventure, starting with taking a two hour train ride south to Lugano where Sam and his wonderful wife Debora live. They were most hosts and tour-guides for the first half of the trip which started immediately with a sort of off the beaten path waterfall spot Sam had found some time earlier.
While in the south of Switzerland, Sam showed me amazing sunsets, a gondola ride to the Aletsch Glacier, largest in all of The Alps, a trip to Zermatt with one of the most beautiful views of Matterhorn, the postcard-like villages of Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald, and one of the most famous climbing peaks, standing at 13,025′, the Eiger. Rounding out my stay with Sam and Debora was a lunch expedition to Como, Italy, because why not?
We ended up driving countless miles, going on a car train through The Alps, did some epic unintentional hiking, laughed a lot, and talked at length at the cultural differences as he is now a full time Swiss resident. He also lugged 70+ pounds worth of large format camera gear and tripods everywhere we went, capturing some unreal images on film.
Thank you Sam and Debora for an amazing and unforgettable experience. Please enjoy Sam’s work at samferrara.ch.