Photographer and adventure specialist David Carlier spent five hours trekking the icy terrain of the Aletsch Glacier to capture exceptional photos of hydrospeeders Claude-Alain Gailland and Gilles Janin.
The Aletsch, a UNESCO World Heritage site and largest glacier in Europe, is strikingly dangerous and photogenic, proving as an ideal subject for Carlier’s reportage.
Gailand, a professional Swiss mountain guide and glacier expert, had already attempted the feat at different glaciers. The starting point of this specific task was to locate the river and study it carefully to find out if there were big crevices or possible avalanches. Carlier’s passion for documenting and creating timeless images poses as a great incentive to constantly push boundaries and excite the viewers.
“We walked up the glacier following the frigid river with the goal to find the right spot where they could launch themselves into the stream head down and follow the giant ice tube down the glacier” says Carlier.
The ultra dangerous and frigid activity turned out more picturesque than we could have ever imagined. When describing the experience, Carlier credits the perfect lighting and unique energy of the place for the result. “Shooting such an amazing feat is very energizing and exciting, as I knew the result would be very special straight away… the light was perfect, the glacier is huge and very photogenic and the action was quite special to say the least.”
Having the chance to work with top athletes and remarkable explorers allows him to actually participate in the activities he shoots, which enhances the quality of his work remarkably. He is now an action sports and adventure specialist, involved in outdoor activities all over the world.