Paradise Island was my final year project in Camera Arts at the university of Lucerne.
What are tourists looking for on a remote tropical island? In 1985, Thomas Egli’s parents spent their honeymoon on Gili Trawangan, a small island near Lombok, in the Indonesian archipelago. In their stories and memories they described the island with its pristine white beaches, blue waters, and coral reefs as one of the most beautiful places on earth. Thomas Egli compares his parents’ memories with the current reality of the island.
Today, 30 years later, Gili Trawangan has been transformed from an untouched lagoon isle into a churning tourist destination that functions as backdrop and scenic stage for tourist illusions and unconstrained behaviour. This photographic investigation documents, among other aspects, contrasting realities such as Muslim traditions that co-exist side by side with residents and tourists openly indulging in drugs and alcohol use. On a deeper note, it exposes situations in which environmental, social, economic and political interests of the inhabitants collide with the harsh repercussions of global tourism through individual portraits, depicting staggering stories in a narrative that mirrors, and at the same time challenges the indifferent visuals and languages used by the tourism industry.
Mt. Brabu. From the road that leads to a well-known surfing spot, the illegal gold mine can be recognized by the blue patches, which stand out clearly from the brown environment. Here is mined with the most primitive means for gold. Barefoot and with the smallest lamps, the workers go into the mines that are accessible through a hole in the ground, several meters below the ground. Supported by bamboo poles, they hardly have tools.
Yusuf has also worked here for several years as the boss of a mining hole. He is hired by the landowner and delivers dirt every day, hopefully containing gold. He used to work in a hotel, but his wife did not want that anymore as he was too close to western girls. With the approximately 30 bags of dirt he delivers per day, he earns $ 200 a month. He was able to build a house and feed his family.
But the work carries many dangers. The mercury vapor destroys the workers' lungs and flows unhindered into the sea. In the bay below the mine it is no longer save to surf or swim. Again and again workers injured themselves by falling stones, sometimes even leading to death. The physically unbelievably strenuous work hurts the body. The long hours in the dark reduce sight.
Mrs. Müller tells about her life
The jump on the Lauberhorn is an icon of downhill skiing. The spectators pay homage to him as much as the drivers.
A reportage for the Sonntagszeitung.
August 1st is the national holiday of Switzerland. On the village square of Dietlikon ZH Chris von Rohr gives a speech and the national anthem is sung.
Impressions of the most brutal mountain time trial north of the Alps.
768 meters above sea level, the pass lies on the Buchenegg am Albis. At a distance of 2.75 kilometers and over 237 meters of altitude with a temporary gradient of 12 percent, once a year they fight for honor and fame. It is according to unconfirmed sources the hardest mountain time trial in the world. 28 drivers started in 2005 for the first international-legal mountain time trial Buchenegg-Ostwand. They wore names like Chettehünd Zurigo, Züri 3, Flachpass and Jamarossi. Today it's about 150 Cyclistes who are in the starting list. The world record is 08:52:09 and comes from the year 2011. Ferdi Kübler's best time was 11 minutes. "But we started differently than the drivers today," the cycling legend told the "Tages-Anzeiger".
Since 1999, there has not been so much snow in the Alps like these days. Several passes had to be blocked. The heroes of the oven pass are working day and night until the road is again passable.
Eine Reportage für den Tages-Anzeiger:
Hier gehts zum Bus 31: Die Linie der Gegensätze
Hier gehts zum Bus 32: Partyexpress und Genossenschaftskutsche
Täsch, Im Schatten von Zermatt