Finally I could cross the border and visit one of my favorite places in the world.
The „Happy Fountains“ in Bern, Switzerland.
10 years I have been taking pictures there. Over 200.000!
From kids playing in the fountains.
It is my fountain of joy.
This time was different. No water.
The fountains are resting this year because of the crisis.
In the picture behind me, there should be the action.
But no, nothing this year.
The memories are there. I was remembering my time sitting there.
All the adventures I experienced. It brought a smile to my face.
Also that experience today, made me remember an important quote:
„We don't appreciate what we have until it's gone.“
I have appreciated it in the past. But now even more.
Once the fountains resume, I will appreciate them even much more. Promise!
See you soon, Happy Fountains.
My book „Happy Fountains“ just received the first review on Amazon!
Translation of the review:
“A refreshing book with beautiful vivid photos. Very good paper quality, haptic very pleasant.
In short bilingual text passages, the author shares his experiences as a photographer.
When you get involved and focus, the photos suddenly become audible and feelable!
Changing perspectives: With simple, positive perspectives, the author provides fresh thoughts.
His questions inspire, prompt reflection and encourage you to try it out...
To try out more lightness and rediscover the INNER CHILD in ourselves!
A great thing that is simply not enough in our modern world )A great gift for all ages!”
I sent the book "Happy Fountains" to an important politician in Switzerland.
And I got an answer, which made me very happy. Thank you!
"The delivery of your wonderful photo book “Happy Fountains” brought me joy.
I found the photos as well the accompanying texts inspiring.
The play with the light results in a special effect and through it grants the viewer a new view on the known place in Bern.
When I look at the photos on a hot day, I can feel the refreshment of the cool water. Thank you very much."
My new book "Happy Fountains" has been reviewed by fotointern.ch
You can read the review here:
When you have plans, there are many obstacles which slow you down.
Sometimes you stand still or even the circumstances push you back.
BUT every step forward and closer to your goal feels great and gives energy to keep on fighting.
You can achieve anything what you want.
The secret is to believing in it and never even think about giving up.
Many people give up even close to their goal. NO!
Each step forward closer to your goal is a SUCCESS!
"Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must - just never give up."
In Bern, Switzerland is one of the biggest and most important book stores in Switzerland: “Stauffacher”.
Just a few steps away from the “Happy Fountains”.
Since over 10 years I have been coming to that store looking at photo books.
I was new to photography when I discovered the fountains and that book store.
They are part of my journey, spending many hours at both places. In the book store I used to fantasize to have one day my book in that store as well. It was more like a day dream. I did not believe it would be possible.
But it is!
Now officially my new book “Happy Fountains” is in the book store “Stauffacher” ready to be taken home.
No matter how big your dream is. Don’t underestimate yourself!
When the photo was taken, a cold water blast from the fountains hit me from behind.
It became clear, that this was the moment of the official release of the book:
Now you can order it and it will be shipped anywhere in the world with free shipping.
Get yours here:
Be & stay happy!
The exhibition of the „Happy Fountains” is over. At least this one. The next exhibition is on its way.
One month I have been there to all opening hours (except one day) in order to talk to the visitors.
The experience was priceless! Guests asked a lot of questions and I got the chance to talk about the stories behind the photos and about my life.
What fascinated me, that some photos made people remember special moments of their life. Everybody saw something different.
There was also a lot of laughter of joy from the visitors. One woman, after finishing looking at all the 71 photos, was so moved, that she had tears in her eyes.
Photography is dangerous. It changed my life, like nothing else. In a good way of course.
Photography can move the viewer. It can bring back memories and cause any kind of emotion.
At the exhibition there was a guest book, where people could write down their thoughts.
If you have a moment, you can discover what an effect photography can have on people.
Thank you for all who took the time to visit the exhibition and shared their personal thoughts, memories and emotions.
You enrich my life and give me energy to continue!
After many months, I finished my book "Happy Fountains".
It's already on the way to the printer. Writing a book is harder than I thought. And takes a lot of time! It took me around 6 months. But now it's done. Checked many times.
The final check is now with the printer.
Since I started to promote the "Happy Fountains", 3 years ago, I had a dream to be in one of the most popular newspapers of Switzerland: "20 Minuten". It has 3 million readers!
In all those years, I contacted the newspaper, many times. Nothing.
I even sent them printed photos with a hand written letter. Nothing.
I visited their office. Nothing.
Kept on writing and writing. Nothing.
I was sad, but I kept on trying.
And today after almost 3 years, they published my project "Happy Fountains"!
Thanks to the books I read and the movie I saw "The Founder", I know that most important ingredient in success is: persistence.
Those books and movie, gave me energy.
It took me some time..... but now when I try and fail, I don't feel bad anymore.
I just keep on trying, again and again. Until I get a positive outcome, like today.
Persist. Always persist. Never stop. Persist!
Watch the video for a quick tour.
It’s more like a conversation than an interview.
The video is 20 minutes.
If you have the time and patience, it will put a smile on your face.
We talk about the big 10-year photo project, about happiness and how kids can inspire us.
Mariana, it’s great news that you fell in love with photography. It will benefit you and the people around you a lot. Keep on clicking!
The “Happy Fountains” are in Bern, Switzerland.