The Matterhorn is the mountain that draws people to Zermatt. That has always been the case and will forever be the case. And every one who comes to Zermatt wants to see the perfect picture – the chocolate box shot, the postcard shot. The classic shot of the mountain against the backdrop of a clear blue sky. It’s what everyone has paid to come to Zermatt for.
But the perfect shot, beautiful though it is, lacks drama. Of course the mountain is dramatic in itself, and when you see it in the flesh for the first time it really does take your breath away. It stands so improbably tall in the sky.
Drama really happens when the mountain acquires cloud. And it very readily attracts cloud – it is a cloud magnet. And when the clouds obscure parts of the mountain, and the view changes by the minute, then the mountain to my mind gains stature. It becomes mysterious, moody, and at times even angry. It feels as if it becomes alive.
As a photographer, the Matterhorn in a bad mood, is more attractive for me than the pretty picture postcard shot that is universal and omnipresent.