Starry starry night

Spectacular moonlight faces of Switzerland


Zurich main railway station, taken from the Federal Institute of Technology on December 12, 2011

The Orion constellation above the Eiger, Mönch und Jungfrau mountains; seen from the Männlichen mountain on January 31, 2011

Thunderstorm over Zurich; multiple exposure picture taken from Hönggerberg on August 24, 2012

Rising moon behind the Säntis mountain, taken from Schönau on June 22, 2013

The Swiss capital Bern, July 10, 2013

Sea of mist covering the area between Zweilütschinen and Bern in the distance; view from Männlichen above Grindelwald, January 31, 2011

Nuclear power plant at Leibstadt, May 28, 2011

Milky Way above Schanfigg near Arosa; taken from Medergen on November 6, 2010

Zurich, December 12, 2011

Pilatus mountain to the left of the city of Lucerne; view from the Stanserhorn, July 25, 2012




It takes discipline, stamina, patience and warm clothes to take pictures like the ones taken by Swiss photographer Alessandro Della Bella. They show mountains and cities in a spectacular light.

The pictures in his book, Helvetia by Night, are the result of years of experiments with long and multiple exposure techniques. Having worked for the Zurich-based Keystone agency from 2005 to 2013, he is now a freelancer.

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