During the past few years, Kamil Tamiola has had the rare privilege to photograph the magnificence of the high Alps, most especially the Mont Blanc Massif. The Alps are a mountain range situated in south-central Europe, to the direct north of the Mediterranean Sea.
It spans close to 700 miles in a crescent shape beginning at the coastline of southern France (near Monaco) into Switzerland, then through northern Italy, into Austria, and all the way through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro. It only comes to an end in Albania on the rough coastline of the Adriatic Sea.
The tallest point is Mont Blanc at 15,771 ft. The Mont Blanc Massif is a collection of mountains of Western Alps, found between the Aosta Valley, Italy, the Rhones-Alpes, France and the Valais, Switzerland where the loftiest peak rises in Western Europe.
The Mont Blanc Massif is being campaigned as a possible World Heritage Site due to its distinctiveness and its cultural significance. The Mont Blanc Massif is considered by many as the origin and symbol of modern mountaineering. The three governments of Italy, France and Switzerland would be needed to request UNESCO for it to be listed.
The Mont Blanc Massif is to this day popular for mountaineering, hiking, skiing, and snowboarding. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations on the planet, and for this reason, some feel it needs preservation.
Tamiola is truly lucky to be able to visit the Mont Blanc Massif with such intimacy to its grandeur. He has made quite a name for himself documenting famous landscapes as well as individuals in hostile high-altitude environments.
His work of Mont Blanc is breathtaking, as he shows various mountaineers as they traverse ice and snow, during the daytime or in the freezing cold evenings. They are truly amazing images that embody adventure pushed to the limit. A mountain is nothing after all, unless it is challenged by the fearless human spirit.
See Tamiola’s pictures of the Mont Blanc Massif, and those who dare to conquer it.