The MatterhornMatterhorn, Cervino, Horu, The Horn...
Many names are given to THE most emblematic mountain in the world.
When I saw him for the first time from a summit in the Val d'Hérens, I immediately knew that it was him. In Switzerland, this mythical summit with its unique and charismatic shape is regularly mentioned in conversations. When I saw the pyramid in the distance with its pointed summit I recognized it without knowing it...
So we met again at Zermatt and he unveiled to me the cloud shows he has the secret of. I was immediately captivated by his unique shape and profile.
My artistic quest led me to photograph it in all seasons, in all weather conditions in order to make the most beautiful pictures of the Matterhorn.
These years of photography around the Matterhorn during which I contemplated it under all its faces were crowned by the realization of its ascent in September 2020. The emotion when arriving at summit was intense. I understand better my customers who acquire one of my works after having realized its ascent.
This experience has changed my relationship and my artistic view of the Matterhorn, which I will continue to photograph throughout my career.Thomas Crauwels