‘Diavolezza, Switzerland’ (2019) by Hans Peter Jost
‘Diavolezza, Switzerland’ (2019) © Hans Peter Jost

What would the Romantics have made of Hans Peter Jost’s vision of the Alps? The mountains captured by the Swiss photographer in 2019 are a far cry from the “snowy peaks with hues of rose”, whose unspoilt desolation captured the young Wordsworth’s imagination more than 200 years ago.

For Jost they are an almost incidental backdrop to the human presence on the slopes: festivals, cable cars and scores of selfie-hunting tourists — in pre-pandemic days, at least — crowding the artificial summer snow.

On display in Schaffhausen — about as far as you can get from the Alps without leaving Switzerland — his images make the most of these unsightly attempts to tame and monetise the dramatic landscape.

‘Views of the Alps’ is showing at Kammgarn West, Schaffhausen, from September 5 to October 4

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