Mountain Photographer Captures Exceptional Views from the Top

Blejsko lake, Alps
Blejsko lake, Alps

29-year-old Karol Nienartowicz is a photographer from Poland whose main passion is to shoot the Alps. Nienartowicz was born and raised in Jelenia Góra, a tiny town located in the south-western part of the country, but now lives in Gdansk. He still remembers with vivid detail one particular day during the summer of 2003, when his mother took him on his first mountain trip. It was during that impressionable visit that he saw the incomparable beauty of mountains, and it was a visual experience that he wanted to share with other people.

Snow cirques
Snow cirques

Nienartowicz made sure of this the next time he went on a mountain trip, taking his trusty camera along with him. Ever since that initial visit, Nienartowicz has been shooting mountains, marrying both his passion for cameras and traveling. He can spend many dozens of days each year hiking in the highlands, traversing up to 1,000 miles of trails.

First sun rays, Julian Alps
First sun rays, Julian Alps

Nienartowicz has been to over 20 European countries. He has photographed the Slovakian, Romanian, Polish, and Ukrainian Carpathians, the Alps in Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Germany, France, and Slovenia, the mountains of Albania, Bosnia and Macedonia in addition to Scottish Grampian.

Frozen cross in Alps
Frozen cross in Alps

For Nienartowicz however, his most fervent shoots are photographic expeditions to the highest European mountains, which are the Alps. The Alps are one of the great mountain range systems of Europe extending around 1,200 kilometers across eight Alpine countries including Austria and Slovenia in the east, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, and France to the west, and Italy and Monaco to the south.

Bivouac at Bouquetins, Alps
Bivouac at Bouquetins, Alps

The Alps were formed through more than tens of millions of years as the African and Eurasian tectonic plates collided. Tremendous shortening created by the event resulted in marine sedimentary rocks rising by pushing and folding into tall mountain peaks like Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn.

At the top
At the top

During trips to the Alps, Nienartowicz sleeps in a tent that he always sets up in places with exceptional views, often isolated and difficult to reach, where he can take pictures of dawn and dusk. Nienartowicz has learned to avoid crowded places and known routes.

Soldiers, Alps
Soldiers, Alps

The results speak for themselves in his collection of astounding images.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I’m talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.