It was very strange to see so many chairlifts completely deserted whilst hiking near Sommand in the French Alps. I’ve been on a few similar adventures so far this year, but this was the first that took me to a ski resort area.
The contrast to high season was incredible. Not only does the landscape look very different under a blanket of snow, but the crowds of people create a hustle and bustle about the place throughout the winter that is completely at odds with the emptiness of summer. I think I saw four people in an entire afternoon, it was fantastic!
I wanted to capture that out of season feeling, so an obvious subject was the empty lift in front of me. Against the backdrop of green, snow-less mountains and some blue sky it was the perfect opportunity.
As a first attempt I took this shot while the sun was hiding behind a few clouds so the light was a little flat. Fortunately it decided to show itself a few minutes later, so I rushed back to this spot to reshoot with some shadows. A little bit of light makes a world of difference!
Have you ever visited somewhere out of season? Did you enjoy the experience? I’d love to hear from you!