Saturday, 4 October 2014
I've only ever visited Switzerland for one of two reasons. When I was studying physics in college, and we took a couple of trips to CERN - where the most exciting stuff is deep underground. And to ski, where the excitement happens on the side of a mountain.
No question which my mind went to when I heard about the Switzerland #NoFilter Challenge being organised by London City Airport this month.
The goal is to share photos which haven't been pushed through smartphone filters, to highlight how beautiful the world can be without digital enhancement.
This was easy for me since I haven't been skiing in a few years (thanks to injury), and I'd never even heard of a 'filter' last time I was on the slopes. It was before I had a smartphone, and definitely before I had an Instagram account... I didn't even have a great camera, although I was starting to think I needed one.
To be honest, I seldom do much filtering in post-processing anyway. It's much better that way: time spent in front of the computer tweaking pictures is time I could be spending out and about, doing something else. If I remember to do proper white-balancing on my camera before taking photos, then I can generally get away with just a bit of cropping and straightening.
I've never taken masses of photos on ski trips, either, because I was too busy doing actual skiing. But even the couple of pictures I've managed to dig out really make me want to hike straight up into the mountains and get lost amongst the snowy fir trees.
In theory this is a competition (judged by Becky and Gray from Global Grasshoppers), but I'm not really entering to win anything. I'm just indulging in a little nostalgia, and remembering why I really, really want to get back out in the snow this year. I'm also looking forward to seeing others' photos, especially anyone who's been to these same mountains in the summer, because I bet it's just as beautiful in a very different way.