Photographic expedition Gorner glacier – Switzerland

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This is not a photography course, but a real photographic expedition. A photograph lived as a form of meditation in difficult and fascinating places, in extreme and stimulating conditions; a training to manage yourself and your equipment in the most difficult places on the planet.

Expedition periods:

14-18 september 2018 – min 4 max 6 pax

19-24 september 2018 – min 4 max 6 pax

We will be completely immersed, but also dispersed, in one of the most fascinating glaciers of our hemisphere, located between the Monte Rosa massif and the hypnotic Cervino (The Matterhorn). Transported by helicopter on the central moraine of the Gorner glacier, we will move on foot between ice and rock looking for photographic subjects above ground and in depth, accessible on foot with the use of crampons, helmet, light and warm clothes. We will spend the nights in our base camp, and between photography and adventure stories, we will experience the slow but intense rhythms of a real expedition.

Amateur or professional photographers can immerse themselves in fascinating scenarios: majestic mountains and caves in contact between the cold rock and the fascinating and hypnotic shades of ice, with harmonious shapes and improbable colours. We will take pictures of the landscape, in caves, and there will also be subjects for macro-photography and a “cold” night session.

The picture shows the base camp over the Corner glacier. Red tents in the snow

All expedition logistics will be handled by Miles Beyond’s expert staff:

  •  Logistics manager
  •  Assistant logistics manager and video operator

The stay on the glacier will be guaranteed by the installation of a professional Base Camp:

  •  No. 1 Ferrino Colle Sud tent for 8 people
  •  No. 1 Ferrino Campo Base storage tent
  •  No. 5-6 Svalbard Ferrino personal tents

The picture shows the participants to the expedition having the dinner in the base camp, outside the tents, during the cold night of the Corner glacier

Furthermore, constant electricity will be guaranteed through the use of 1 or 2 1Kw current generators. PMR Radio, a satellite phone for emergencies and a complete first aid medical kit will be available for expedition activities.

The logistics staff will provide lunches and dinners during the period of stay in the base camp.

However, during the expedition all people present will be considered as an integral part of the team.

The photographer

Alessio Romeo has developed and increased his passion for photography during a long journey of more than a year through Asia between 2007 and 2008. In behalf of Miles Beyond, he has been a photographer in expeditions for the European Space Agency and for Moncler. His photos have been published in the best magazines around the world. His specialty is the caves, which he has been exploring, documenting and photographing for over 25 years. Whatever the type of your photography is, landscape, reportage or art, the purpose of this expedition is to bring home as many images as possible together with our photographer Alessio, who is also explorer of the “La Venta” Association, geologist, speleologist, but especially trip and cave photographer. His long experience in these places is solid, both from a photographic and scientific point of view, also testified by his thesis and other studies on the Gorner ice.

More photos here

“During the journey you learn how to read the light instantly and then how to seize the right moment to shoot, the darkness, instead, offers you the privilege to manage light in order to tell and understand those wonderful unknown worlds and their peculiarities”.


€ 2,300.00

Price includes:

  • breakfasts, lunches, dinners, food during the stay in the base camp
  • basic field equipment (tents, camp kitchen, generators, radios, etc.), excluding equipment and personal clothing
  • two dinners in Tash or Zermatt and two nights* in a hotel
  • helicopter from Zermatt to the base camp and back (or, possibly, train up to the moraine depending on the weather conditions, which will be evaluated on-site)
  • photographer
  • logistics staff

*rooms shall be considered as double. Upon request, it is possible to book a single room, at an additional price.

Difficulty rate
Experience's difficulty is rated: 4 on 5, Hard

Road map

  • Arrival in the afternoon/evening in Zermatt (own transport - train - plane). Overnight in Tash or Zermatt (hotel or apartment). Explanatory evening of the expedition, the project, suggestions for the equipment organisation and for personal photo equipment. Excursion plan, in general.

  • Next morning: heliport shuttle to Zermatt. Helicopter up to the central moraine of the Gorner glacier (area to be decided based on inspection). Preparation of the Base Camp and lunch. Reconnaissance afternoon. A photographic approach to the ice and its peculiarities

  • During the days of the stay in the established area we will dedicate ourselves to:

    − landscape photography

    − photography in the darkness of the caves

    − macro-photography

    − photography with sunset and sunrise lights

    − night photography

  • But also:

    − documentary photography: at the Camp Base, in action and backstage

    − proposals by the participants

    − in the meantime, we will learn the equipment management: photographic equipment, batteries and their recharging, clothing, equipment for overnight stays and more

  • Return by helicopter in the afternoon of day 5, after the disassembly of the camp. The afternoon will be entirely dedicated to viewing photos of participants, indications and suggestions for post-production and expedition debriefing. Dinner will be offered and the overnight will be in the same structure previously used

  • Departure of the participants with their own means of transport.

     

Achievements

  • streamline equipment and technique for effective travel and adventure photography
  • move with photographic material aimed at the situation and easy to manage
  • take pictures inside the caves, using artificial light
  • sunrises and sunsets at high altitude on cold evenings and autumn mornings
  • ice details (evening and morning): macro-photography
  • alpine landscapes, mountains and glaciers
  • rivers, canyons and glacier cavities: the peculiarity of the Gorner
  • fauna and flora of the area
  • secondary goal to be decided: to reach Rosa Hutte refuge for panoramic photos
  • take pictures in all conditions, developing an effective management of the equipment in extreme weather conditions and inaccessible places, dedicated to all those who wish to make travel, adventure and reportage photography.
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