On July 14th, 1865, British climber Edward Whymper and his team became the first humans to scale up to the peak of the Matterhorn, a mountain in the Alps with a summit of 4,478 metres. Located on the border between Switzerland and Italy, the Matterhorn has one of the highest peaks in the Alps and is among the most photographed mountains in the world.
Zermatt, a town located at the base of the mountain, has already ramped up preparations for the upcoming 150th year jubilee next year. In anticipation of the milestone, Swiss mountaineering specialists Mammut teamed up with mountain guides from Zermatt to light up the route over Hörnligrat Ridge with a chain of lights in a project designed by the ErdmannPeisker agency.
Renowned Swiss mountaineering photographer Robert Bösch captured a series of absolutely breathtaking photos of this monumental collaboration between humans and nature, the transient and the permanent.
Reflecting on the phenomenal challenge of replicating this temporary installation via a permanent medium, Bösch sums up the dichotomy of his task:
“The Matterhorn is one of the most photographed mountains in the world. Its extraordinary form makes it easy to take a good photo. Paradoxically that was what made it so challenging, because it makes it so difficult to produce a breathtaking photo.”
Looking at the outcome, it’s safe to say that he certainly succeeded!
Bösch has an entire portfolio of stunning photographs. Visit his website for more visual imagery that’ll make your eyeballs pop.
*Credits: Images taken by Robert Bösch, courtesy of Photopress.
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