A spur of the moment shoot, we got incredibly lucky with conditions, allowing us two magical flights from Aiguille du Midi. Though I have many sunset shots, this one of Claire against Aiguille du Grépon in perfect light really stood out.
Going to the Arctic and skiing the last degree to the North Pole was certainly taking me out of my comfort zone, but I really enjoyed those six hard days on the ice, following an all-woman team during the inaugural edition of the Mamont Polar Cup. Here, Bettina Aller crosses a potentially dangerous water lead.
Though I haven’t shared many of those images yet, I spent a lot of 2015 embedded with the incredible Chamonix PGHM rescue service, following them on their daring rescues. Here at night, in a storm, on Arête des Cosmiques.
Along with the North Pole, the other big expedition of the year was to the second highest mountain in the world, K2. Though nobody ended up summiting this year due to poor conditions, it was still a grand adventure. Here, Tom Boyer on a short rocky step below the infamous House Chimney, on our acclimatization round.
Getting to K2 was half the adventure, and coming back an ordeal I won’t forget anytime soon. This was shot near sunset after hiking 90km of treacherous glacier terrain and flooding rivers in 2 and a half days, and driving 8h on the bed of a Land Cruiser on very sketchy roads. At this stage, crossing a flooding river/mudslide and escaping a near-riot of angry local villagers was par for the course.
I have done a couple of photoshoots with my friend Agathe Petrini, an awesome dancer and teacher from Chamonix. It was tough to choose only one image!
And of course, throughout the year and in between big trips, I keep climbing in Chamonix. Here, shot for my oldest client, Montane, Jon Gupta on the fun Écandies Traverse.
Though I have many shots of helicopter winching, this one really stood out due to the great light and the presence of my beloved Drus in the background.
September saw me on a number of big photoshoots, including a joint campaign for Salewa and BMW. Juggling with complicated logistics and terrible weather created some very interesting challenges. It was also great to apply my lighting to real, high-pressure photoshoots.
Sadly, Gerry (on the right in this shot) died a few weeks after this was shot, while descending from a major first ascent in the Himalayas.
It’s always great to get new point of views on familiar terrain, especially right after big storms. Here, on a recce flight of the rescue helicopter, I managed to capture Aiguille du Tour looking very ominous. Probably my favourite landscape shot of the year.
Verdon is a place where I have shot a lot but never get tired. So when Mich Kemeter asked me to come photograph him freesolo climbing in early December, I didn’t hesitate for long. ORNI is one of the weirdest, scariest lines I have seen in a while, so freesoloing the very awkward crux with hundreds of meters of exposure certainly required a great mastery of the sport.
The final image was shot only a couple of weeks ago: as winter didn’t seem to want to arrive, we ended up flying a lot. And Vallée Blanche after taking off from Aiguille du Midi never disappoints!