Winter Storm, 2014
Archival pigment print on photo rag paper
55 x 35 inches (edition of 8) / 36 x 23 inches (edition of 12)
Courtesy of the artist
Royal Marines Reservist Tim Taylor is made of stern stuff: describing the bleeding gums and nose, headaches and sickness, which he suffered during the ascent of his first high altitude mountain, as “a great learning experience”. Now he’s barely off a mountain, having spent six of the last 12 months on expeditions.
The atmospheric photograph Winter Storm is of a British Armed Forces team in training for an expedition to ascend the fifth highest mountain in the world: Makalu on the Nepal/China border. The team of eight were in the Scottish Cairngorms in February last year, where the cold, snow and wind speeds in excess of 100mph made for excellent training conditions.
In the photograph is an endurance racer, who once ran 165 miles without stopping; a climber who has achieved multiple 8,000m peaks; and a climbing instructor who also works as a stuntman.
Following a chance meeting at The Explorers Club, Taylor’s next expedition is to Patagonia for a 10-day, 800km race involving kayaking, walking, cycling and climbing. He can’t wait.
Hedge, issue 38, December 2015, pp38-46