Alpine Dispatches? Tell Me More…

Welcome to my weekly blog and newsletter (blogletter?), I look forward to head out on this journey together!

If you’re pressed for time and only want the short version:

TL;DR (Too Long, Didn’t Read)

This weekly (sometimes more, sometimes less 🤷🏼‍♂️) publication is my photographic blog and newsletter rolled into one, it is where I share my love of photography, all it l allows me to experience, and everything in between .

Still here?


As alluded to above, this will be the online home for my love affair with photography.

Aiming to be in your inbox 📬 once a week (sometimes more, sometimes less 🤷🏼‍♂️). But always 👉🏽 Sharing the Visual Stoke 🙌🏽📸!

I hope to share:

  • Image/s and photographic essays (both commercial and personal).

  • Editing and photographic insights, techniques and tips (be afraid…)

  • Forgotten photo projects that never saw the light of day.

  • Thoughts on said projects, above.

  • Commentary on photography (and related topics).

  • Philosophical takes on image making (and perhaps life, who knows…).

  • Interesting industry related news and finds.

  • Outdoor adventures such trail runs, ski tours, bike rides, hikes (we live in the Swiss Alps, after all), but always with a photographic viewpoint (whether it be sharing the images from the adventure / how it was photographed / etc.).

In essence, the overarching topic / aspect binding everything on this blogletter (it’s growing on me, ok?) together will be photography, sometimes as the driving force of a post, sometimes as a compliment to the main narrative.

Things may evolve.

They may not.

I’m just taking it one step at a time.

What I am sure about, is that I have this desire to share the beautiful moments - happening every second all around us - whether it be the fleeting light on a landscape, someone’s expression or people enjoying being active outdoors, with you, through photography.

Why “Alpine Dispatches”?

Glad you asked.

You see, we (me, my wife and our son) live in a small little village tucked away in a corner of the upper Simmental Valley. In the Berner Oberland Region of Kanton Bern, Switzerland.

In other words: in the The Swiss Alps 🏔️🇨🇭🫕.

Here we ride bikes, visit lakes and mountain peaks, ski, hike, trail run or just spend time at home.

And this is what I like to share (among the things mentioned before).

Who is behind Alpine Dispatches?

Hey, I'm Cornelius 👋🏽

A South African landscape and lifestyle photographer based in Switzerland.

I have enjoyed making images since the film era (Nikon SLR's and Fujifilm stock 🥰), although now I use DSLR's / Mirrorless.

Having grown up at the beach (🇿🇦), and now living in the mountains (🇨🇭), adventuring outside has always been a part of me. So I enjoy combining the two and sharing it by making images 📸.

Joy shared is joy doubled, right?

Back in the film 🎞️ days we would get together with prints and discuss / critique, have exhibitions, etc. to share our work and so people could buy prints.

Things have changed a bit since that time!

Now we do it all (mostly) online 🌐.

At least I do since between family (kids, anyone?!) and work there is little time for much else, like get togethers with other photographers 😬.

But I still love ❤️ to get outside 🏔️ , I still love to make images 📸, and I still love to share 🙌🏽 them.

“And that is what this blog / newsletter is all about: sharing the visual stoke of making images, the things it allows us to experience and explore, all while enjoying the process”.

Join the Crew?

If you’d like to keep sharing the visual stoke togethersign up for Alpine Dispatches.

It would be an honour to have you along for the ride.

Looking for more / to connect?

You can find me on Instagram (photography, life, family) and X (photography, discussions, thoughts), as well as my website (portfolio, trying to be an adult 🤷🏼‍♂️).

Ways to support my work:

  • Subscribing (for free 🤠, or paid 😍) and joining the discussion.

  • Kitting yourself out in Seasonal Vagabond merch, here.

  • Investing in a fine art photographic print here.

  • Grabbing a set of b/w backgrounds for your phone here.

  • Contributing to a goal of mine here.

  • Or simply just buying me a virtual coffee here.

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Sharing visual stoke from a little corner of the Swiss Mountains 🇨🇭🏔️📸.


Hey, I'm Cornelius, a South African photographer, (slow) trail runner, husband, dad and sharer of visual stoke based in the Swiss Alps.