CROWDED SLOPES

Mountains, Man & Machines

 

In this series, I explore the tension between man’s attempt to shape the alpine environment and our vulnerability confronted with an inability to control its natural forces. In contrast with 19th century romantics who were awed by the mysterious power of nature and poignantly aware of man’s relative insignificance, the expanding leisure class of the past century has attempted to tame these forces and create a recreational safety zone. Ski resorts with easy accessibility, urban density and architecture, snowmaking, piste grooming and avalanche blasting, create an illusion of security. The predictability bordering on absurdity of human behavior is apparent in skiers’ desire to herd together, move as a pack and remain within a comfort zone, avoiding ‘forbidden’ areas. As a microcosm of human behavior, this highlights man’s urge to socialise, colonise and dominate versus the romantic quest for solitary and contemplative experiences.

 
Crowded Slopes I, 2008

Crowded Slopes I, 2008

Machinery, 3400 M, 2009

Together Alone, 2008

Crowded Slopes II, 2008

Crowded Slopes II, 2008

Popular Piste, 2009

Popular Piste, 2009

Alpine Urbanism, 2008

Lift Exit, 2010

Moonscape, 2011

Lift Line, 2011

Ski Traffic, 2010

Meeting Places, 2009

Lift Tower, 2009

Safety Supplies, 2009

Safety Supplies, 2009

Avalanche Control, 2009

Structure, 2009

Snow Machine, 2009

Divide, 2008

Closed, 2010

Boundary, 2009

Danger, 2009

Crowded Slopes III, 2015

Crossroads, 2015

Traces, 2008

Catwalk, 2016

Catwalk, 2016

Expedition, 2009