A portrait series depicts the emotionally and physically ravaged mountain climbers moments after their grueling experience.
Imagine how you would look after climbing Denali aka Mount McKinley, North America’s tallest mountain peak. Tim Remick’s photography series After: Portraits from Denali captures that experience with large format, close-up portraits. The twenty images featured in a show at the Anchorage Museum were taken over the course of two climbing seasons, with raw emotion as the common feature in each.
A climber himself, Remick snapped the photographs mere moments after each mountain climber stumbled into Mt. McKinley’s base camp, luring them with an Alaska-brewed beer to sit in his makeshift studio made from PVC pipe and a tarp. What’s evident in all of the photos is how the trek physically ravaged each subject’s body, as we see cracked lips, bloodshot eyes, and chapped, wind burned faces. Remick explains to MSNBC:
I wanted to document that point where the human body goes past exhaustion, where people hit that wall and push beyond it.
An inspiring visual narrative on endurance and the human spirit.