France&Switzerland: Portraits Of Wisdom

Two different countries, two different people. Werner, my Swiss Grandad. Born in 1931. Although he lives in Switzerland, back in 1944 he saw the big fire in my German hometown when the allies dropped their first bombs.

Mamita, the French-American grandmom of my husband. Born in 1937. Her dad emigrated to the United States during WWI to flee the war.

My granddad’s house in Switzerland

Mamita in her garden.

A lot more anecdotes could follow, and I am sure just like your grandparents, the stories they tell you are rich, profound and sometimes surreal. Sometimes we tend to forget in what reality they lived in. I visited Werner and Mamita to document their life now. I didn’t find bitterness, I found wisdom. Both were at peace. With their life, with their past, with the present and the future.

The universe of my grandad in Switzerland: Pure, liquid air, calm winds, tradition over trends. The roots go deep, relationships go even deeper. Everybody knows everyone.

Watching the traditional cattle drive from the mountains back in the valley.

Reading the newspaper

He told me I should NOT take this picture with his underwear. But I couldn’t resist.

Having coffee with my mother. His favourite drink is Coca-Cola.

His front porch.

My grandmother was a collector of dwarfs.

His neighbors resting after a six hour walk from the moutains.

In summer as in…


Taking a cable car around his house to a mountain top.

Honey, Swiss brioche and hot chocolate milk is is favorite dinner.

The universe of Edith ‘Mamita’ in France: A calm village with 400 habitants. She is in love with her two gardens and reconnects to nature and the universe with spending time outside.

She loves her house and she just loves to prepare meals.

In sync with the rythms of nature

When her hands touch the dough, it’s like a dance.

Classic style even in the garden.

Her pink bathrobe was a gift from one of her daughters.

This was the best beetroot I’ve ever tried.

Her neighbors.

Baguette and homemade jam for breakfast.

Staying active.

This paradise is just in front of her house.

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