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Jens Haas

The Mountain Project

JENS HAAS THE MOUNTAIN PROJECT


First published in 2007 Printed in the United States Copyright Jens Haas 2007 Photography, concept and design by Jens Haas JENSHAAS.COM All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, scanning, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of Jens Haas.


THE MOUNTAIN PROJECT


Preface

After a prior visit in 2006, I started to make images in the Dolomites in the winter of 2006/07. I sought out places that are very high up, where the mountains no longer look familiar. At this altitude, being in the Alps is like being on another planet. An amazing, uninhabitable planet, where one can only stay for so long, as a visitor who carefully monitors every cloud and every bit of supply, like an astronaut would monitor vital equipment.

For me the Alps are a strangely meaningful place. I have grown up in the mountains, and have left for the big cities as early as I possibly could. And to this day, I cannot feel comfortable in the kind of countryside that’s welcoming and lovely. If I’m not in a big city, I must be in solitude.

In the higher regions of the Alps, the frantic city life seems like a distant memory. In the winter, these places are even more deserted. The deep snow is an added trap, the silence is overwhelming. There’s snow and stones, and sky. With an eye adapted to deciphering the grey surfaces of cities, I am deeply attracted to this environment, and to the surfaces that weather and time make of them.

J.H.


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Jens Haas

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The Mountain Project  

“The Mountain Project” is Jens Haas’ most recent personal project. All images were made in the Italian Alps, or more precisely, the Dolomite...

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