Museum of Earth Sciences : Exhibition “Seeing nature differently

Photographic exhibition

André Cottier

For the third time in the walls of the Museum of Earth Sciences, I find the pleasure to present a series of photo graphs of subjects, all related to the field of nature.

In the early 1960’s, while practicing my profession as a draftsman, I had the chance to develop my knowledge of photography under the wing of a professional from Lausanne, Armand Mazzone. However, as I was already passionate about the mountains and their flora, I became very interested in close-up photography, macro photography.
The years passed and in the enormous space of the Alps, I discovered that the rocks conceal marvels.

Another field, that of ice, has taken an important place in my search for subjects that hold my attention. It is possible to create beautiful compositions by carefully observing the effects of the cold, which sometimes resemble abstract art.
Apart from the flowers of the Alps, those of the Swiss Plateau are for me an enchantment and to bring out the finesse of their composition, I have developed a particular photographic technique to increase the sharpness of my images.

With the years stacked up, I realized that a world of infinite variety was within walking distance, that of the bark of the trees, a world that the simple walk in the forest does not reveal at first glance, but which reveals itself with patience. However, it is not only the forest that offers these discoveries, many public parks are home to extraordinary trees of local species or from distant countries.

I note in passing the quays of Lake Geneva in Montreux, of La Tour-de-Peilz and the Arboretum of Aubonne.

Practical information:

Opening hours:

From September to the end of June 2022: Tuesday, Thursday and weekends from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Closed on Thursday, May 26, Thursday, June 16 and Thursday, December 8, 2022

Entrance fee
Adults: CHF 6.00
Adolescents from 11 to 18 years old: CHF 3.00
Children from 0 to 10 years old: free
Groups (from 10 people): CHF 5 per person