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