Experimental relief photographs of 30 major Alpine peaks 150 years from their first ascents accomplished by British climbers.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the golden age of alpinism, in which the British played a major role, in 2015 the artist Agnieszka Kozlowska set off on a traverse of the Alps and climbed up to locations overlooking over 30 peaks ascended for the first time by British mountaineers in that period (1854-1865). Using a heretofore unexplored photographic technique, for each summit she has produced a relief in a light-sensitive polymer plate exposed directly in-camera for several hours.
Kozlowska is an artist and researcher based in the UK and producing most of her work in the Alps. This project continues her investigation of the possibilities of a three dimensional photographic artefact communicating embodied experience of remote landscapes in ways that go beyond purely visual apprehension of an image. Through an analogy between the mountainous environment sculpted out of rock by geological forces on one hand, and the action of light carving a relief in a photosensitive plate on the other, the technique used is intended to convey the solidity and spatial dimension of such a landscape as it is experienced by a walker physically immersed in it