Ever since a chance encounter with the man himself at Café de Flore in Paris a few weeks ago, I’ve been thinking in terms of #AccidentallyWesAnderson. Thus, a recent trip to Switzerland and Évian-les-Bains proved to be accidental fodder to my hipster fire. However, the ascetic style which has come to define a generation is nothing new to the people of Switzerland. Deliberately minimal wide-shots, faded grandeur, touch of panache – it’s awash throughout the region as well as a vibrancy in color which would not be incongruous in any one of his films.
Color, to Wes Anderson, is a means of threaded world-building and one of the defining elements by which his filmic repertory may be defined. I’ll admit, I’m an avid fan of the Accidentally Wes Anderson account, but my question is, why. Within the same vein, are @bookbento and @lokokitchen. Highly-stylized, minimalist, and highly-successful. There is absolutely nothing out of place upon cursory glance and the word meticulous almost seems lacking.
Each photo, like each Wes Anderson film, presents a color palette to suit the mood of the messaging. In 1956, Lawrence Herbert monetized color in his seminal company: Pantone. He monetized the psychology of color, knowing that color contains messaging universally understood by human beings. Wes Anderson, and his bevy of offshoots, too capitalized on this concept. Therefore, I believe secret formula for success among millennials, in today’s zeitgeist, is a combination of perfectionism, simplicity, and cheery color. Given this, Switzerland wins la Palme d’Or by a longshot.
For some time, I realize that I’ve been cataloguing each film by the color palate, so I’ll do the same here.
The Life Aquatic
I am entirely not cool enough to be at Bains des Pâquis in Geneva, Switzerland.
But I try. The kid in the yellow? He definitely is.
The biathlon is a winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. This was me combining running and camera shooting. Luckily for this article, we made it aboard the crossing from Évian to Lausanne.
Me: I hope you know how to swim little guy.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
This picture only does a disservice to Escaliers du Marché in Lausanne, Switzerland.
From nearly any viewpoint in Lausanne, one can admire the Jura Mountains, a sub-alpine mountain range which courses the French-Swiss border.
This fact about the Cathedral of Notre Dame of Lausanne: “The lookout announces the time by yelling the hour from 10 pm to 2 am, 365 days a year. The lookout cries the hour to each cardinal direction “« C’est le guet, il a sonné [dix] »”. What.
I stopped drinking earlier this year, but the bar at The Lacustre in Lausanne could convince me. Out here in Esplanade de Montbenon, posted, listening to the new Weeknd album, thinking, the Swiss know how to LIVE. Who do I need to marry?
Drinking in the WA movie set of Évian, France. I will note, if you are looking for litter on your trip to the region, you will be very disappointed.
If this isn’t Moonrise Kingdom in real life, then I have no clue what is.