A Portrait of the Matterhorn Timelapse by Nenad Saljic

A Portrait of the Matterhorn Timelapse by Nenad Saljic from photodox.com on Vimeo.

There are mountains, and there is the Matterhorn.

The Matterhorn (4,478 m), ds’Hore (local dialect), Cervino (Italian), Cervin (French) is the iconic symbol of the Alps, one of the world’s most magnificent and famous mountains. It was the last great Alpine peak to be climbed and its first ascent in 1865 marked the end of the golden age of alpinism. The triumph and tragedy of this feat is the epitome of man’s desire to explore, to go beyond the limit. A reminder of how great and how small we are at the same time.

Nowadays, some 150 years later, every summer morning at four o’clock, about 150 people wake up in the Hörnli Hut preparing to scale the Matterhorn. Half an hour later a long snake made of climbers’ flashlights starts to slide upwards over the cold African granite along the Hörnli Ridge. More than 3,000 climbers reach the summit each year. Over 500 have never returned.

Shot in January 2012 and August 2013 under a full moon.