It is a great privilege that my photographic Art project Water the Essential has been chosen for the St Moritz Art Masters. I am also delighted to be exhibiting at the Hauser Hotel right in the centre of St Moritz.
A big thanks to Markus Hauser and his family, who run one of my favourite hotels. I would also like to thank Monty Shadow, whose vision over the last ten years has created one of the great events in the Engadin. He truly has a deep passion to support artists and find innovative ways to exhibit art.
The St Moritz art masters is now in its 10thyear and has become an institution of the St Moritz landscape and opportunity for those who love art to truly explore some interesting works. St Moritz itself is a beautiful place of discovery where the peace of the mountains truly transforms ones spirits to a calmer frequency. For me it is great pleasure to work in St Moritz, as I see the cycles of seasons and observe the rhythms of nature. At the heart of all this, is water.
This year, however has been unique and we have experienced the hottest summer on record and everything has suffered, from animals, plants to people escaping wild fires. It has never been a better time to take water and the environment seriously. We are entering a period where we need to act now and make serious changes and protect and preserve what we have and to help with the rejuvenation of what we have damaged, for ours, and our children’s future.
The deeper goal of my work, is to encourage a mindful contemplation of nature and to realise there is no separation between ourselves and our environment. We can create a positive change, by acting individually and collectively. Our legacy will be what we leave behind intact but also to change the paradigm that we should integrated the environment into our lives.
The St Moritz Art Masters starts on the 31stof August till the 9thof September. If you have a chance to escape and charge your batteries in the mountains, come and explore some fantastic art, please join us for a fantastic 10 days and engage in an open dialogue of the big issues that face the 21st century.
I will also be supporting the Water Survival Box Charity, which gives immediate relief to people suffering the after effects of a natural disaster.
Vaughan James is a photographer and writer based in Zurich Switzerland