PHOTO18 Exhibition featuring 'The Ant Hill' by FVDB by Frederik van den Berg

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This year I am happy to be part of Switzerland's largest photography exhibit, the PHOTO18. I am showing a photo-essay about backcountry skiing in Nendaz, set to an allegory about foraging ants. The series is currently under review for several other competitions so I will link a full version as soon as those are through. 

Along with 200+ other exhibitors there is plenty to be seen, and if you're quick you can pick up a few of my free postcards near the entrance. Last night (day 1) I checked and 500 of the postcards have already been picked up, so the last 500 will be set out today. 

I'll be at the exhibit every once in a while, so come on over and say hello!

Thanks for stopping by,
-FVDB

The 'Limited Edition' 2018 Calendar by FVDB Photography by Frederik van den Berg

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What's better than one high quality print of a beautiful mountain?
- Twelve high quality prints of beautiful mountains! 

I made a very limited edition (7) 2018 calendar of one of my favorite subjects: mountains!

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The calendar features twelve of my favorite mountain photos from the past few years of hiking and wandering through the Alps. A lot of Switzerland, a bit of France, a peak in Slovenia, and a nice variety of moods throughout the seasons. 

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The calendar is A3 (42x30cm), printed on high quality semi-gloss photo paper. There are only seven in total, of which four are reserved. If you are interested in buying one, please write me via info@fvdb-photography.com.

All the best for 2018!

Thanks for stopping by,
-FVDB

Adventuretime with Daniel: Climbing the Breithorn to 4164m by Frederik van den Berg

 From Klein Matterhorn (right) to the Breithorn (left) at 4164m. 

From Klein Matterhorn (right) to the Breithorn (left) at 4164m. 

Back in October I went for a Sunday stroll up the Uetliberg with Daniel, and one week later we were climbing to the peak of the Breithorn at 4164m.

While on the Uetliberg, Daniel was asking all sorts of gear questions for a planned climb to the second highest peak in Africa two weeks later, so I half-heartedly recommended doing some acclimatization. The following day he had chosen some options and invited me along, and after a bit more research we were booked and on our way to Zermatt. 

 Zermatt in Autumn

Zermatt in Autumn

Our Austrian guide, Hans, led the rather leisurely hike across the glacier and up to the peak. The way up was easy, although the thin air gave me a bit of wooziness and burning muscles.

On the way down the wind picked up to gale force gusts, splattering pieces of ice into our faces. The final twenty minutes crossing the glacier were rather painful because of my thin gloves with numb fingers, full bladder, headache, and that damned wind. I preemptively cancelled a future arctic crossing just because it felt like I had already experienced it. 

After escaping the wind, regaining my fingers, emptying the bladder, and a few high fives all was good again. 10/10 would do it again. 

Of course I lugged my camera up the moment, so please enjoy some photographs. 

 The uglier side of the Matterhorn

The uglier side of the Matterhorn

 Glaciers all around

Glaciers all around

 The top of the Breithorn was so windy I thought a helicopter was taking off on the other side of the ridge. This is also where Daniel's iPhone fell out of his pocket and bobbled gently down the mountain, to be found in a few hundred years when the glaciers have melted. 

The top of the Breithorn was so windy I thought a helicopter was taking off on the other side of the ridge. This is also where Daniel's iPhone fell out of his pocket and bobbled gently down the mountain, to be found in a few hundred years when the glaciers have melted. 

 The more celebrated side of the Matterhorn. Unfortunately the weather was not ideal, but you've surely seen this view enough times...

The more celebrated side of the Matterhorn. Unfortunately the weather was not ideal, but you've surely seen this view enough times...

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 A selfie podium for those who need it

A selfie podium for those who need it

 A finishing highlight of the journey - riding in a car on a train!

A finishing highlight of the journey - riding in a car on a train!

Next year already has a few more 4000ers on the list, so stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by,
-FVDB

IMS Mountain Photo of the Year Top 101 Selection by Frederik van den Berg

The IMS Mountain Photo of the Year contest is always an exciting challenge for someone who's last name means 'from the mountain'. This year saw over 3000 entries, and a photo of mine was selected as one of the Top 101 finalists!

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The photo of Dave skiing in Nendaz powder is part of a series that will also be on display at Switzerland's largest photography exhibit, the PHOTO18, from January 12th to 16 in Oerlikon.

If you plan on perusing through the exhibit, come say hi!

Thanks for stopping by,
-FVDB 

Seealpsee Published in Bergwelten Magazine by Frederik van den Berg

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I always get excited when I get a new copy of Bergwelten Magazine in the mail, and even more so when it has a photo of mine in it. The summer issues of both the Swiss and the Austrian version of the magazine had a photo of the Seealpsee in the Appenzell. That day I was hiking with Sosi and only took a few shots at the lake before hiking up to the infamous and somewhat disappointing Aescher Hütte. 

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I've been out shooting assignments for a few other magazines lately as well, so stay tuned for more publications in 2018.

Thanks for stopping by,
-FVDB

Product Photography Zürich - Aspect33 Meditation Cushions & Ikebana by Frederik van den Berg

Last week Aspect.33 launched their brand new website which sells hand-crafted meditation and floor cushions. Towards the end of 2016 I was hired to photograph the two first collections for the website and online shop. 

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Aerial Real Estate Photography - The Mountain Suites & Flims Waldhaus by Frederik van den Berg

Twenty locations in one day - photographing holiday rentals in Flims & Laax, Graubünden with a drone. 

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Interior Photography - Ultimate Snowboarder Pad in Flims/Laax by Frederik van den Berg

This ultimate snowboarder loft in Flims was one of the earlier architecture photography shoots I shot in Flims/Laax. The photos were primarily destined for holiday rental portals, but in this case the vintage snowboard collection was also to be documented.

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Announcing New Business Partnership: The Gipfeli Collective by Frederik van den Berg

I'm very excited to announce that my friend Dora and I have launched a new website for a creative partnership named The Gipfeli Collective. Since early 2016, Dora and I have worked on several projects together - creating professional marketing materials for small businesses in Zürich, Switzerland.

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Product Photography: EscapeQuest Armageddon by Frederik van den Berg

A few months ago I was hired to photograph the new space-themed escape room 'Armageddon'. I had previously photographed all of there other rooms for EscapeQuest in Zürich as well, but this one was on another level in terms of staging and decorations, which made it a lot of fun to shoot. Plus, we had people in astronaut costumes doing astronaut things!

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Adventuretime with Toby - Fueled by Chocolate by Frederik van den Berg

The premise was strange: "the weirdest vacation ever". The prospects were looking good: a bunch of chocolate and a potential Yeti costume. The flights were booked and along came Toby.

I had lured him with the promise of a great Yeti-chasing adventure fueled by free chocolate (thanks to Lindt). The chocolate manufacturer was looking for brand ambassadors and the idea of unlimited chocolate for life (I'm just going to assume that's part of the deal) was very enticing.

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Product Photography: RedBull Cola Display Fridge by Frederik van den Berg

A few months ago I was asked to shoot photos of a refrigerator- something I don't usually take all too many photos of. But it was RedBull, so I figured it must be a pretty cool fridge (ha!). Since the photos were destined primarily for internal communications, I had quite a lot of creative freedom in terms of staging it. 

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Architecture & Interiors Portfolio Update by Frederik van den Berg

Over the past year I've been busy photographing houses for rent and sale in various parts of Switzerland. I'll be updating the commercial portfolio section soon and will be sharing some more in depth looks on the blog soon.

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2016 Photo Competitions by Frederik van den Berg

After a brief break from entering photos to international competitions, I've started submitting selections again. The first set is a collection of nightscapes for the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Award which contains some familiar and some unfamiliar images. 

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