I had the privilege of being invited to St Moritz to discuss the Water the Essential and the Water Survival Box charity exhibition at the Hauser Hotel over the winter. Of course it was also the school holidays so I had to take my two assistants William and Oliver down with me. St Moritz is normally a winter destination or in the middle of summer. I never really thought about going there in October, but I was pleasantly surprised. It’s the low season so the town was very quite but the weather was amazing. The rich autumn colours paired with the beautiful clean air and soft light made it perfect for taking photos. Through the thoughtful guidance of the staff at the Hauser hotel, I was directed to some of the most special places in St Moritz and the surrounding countryside. With both boys in tow, we set out to explore some of the small lakes that litter the landscape. We took a pleasant walk through the forest that lead us to the first lake Lej Nair. It was like being in a fantasy novel, with the mirror beauty of the small lake. We were almost expecting to see a white unicorn. The second prize was that my 8 year old saw a dear darting through the forest. It doesn’t matter where you go in St Moritz you can always take a stunning picture. Just waking up in the morning and looking out the hotel window was breath taking.
Markus Hauser took time out of his busy schedule to show me some of the less known places that are absolutely stunning. In particular is the Cascata da Bernina in Morteratsch, which flows down from the mountains to the valley. At every stage there are small waterfalls and exquisite aqua and emerald pools, filled with some of the cleanest water in Europe.
The irony of the trip is that looking at the pictures afterwards was somehow disappointing. Actually being there and experiencing it was the most important thing. Anyway I will keep you posted about the Water the Essential exhibition in December and I would strongly encourage you to stay at the Hauser Hotel and experience their warmth and hospitality.
Vaughan James is a photographer and writer based in Zurich Switzerland