Basel, Switzerland-based photographer Lauryn Ishak has seen her fair share of mountains, but nothing could have quite prepared her for her visit to The Dolomites, a set of peaks nestled within the northern Italian Alps.
The photographer made two hiking treks along the terrain, the first along the perimeter of the mountain group known as the Cinque Torri and the second encircling the trifecta of peaks that make up the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Where the former hike was a more laid-back day trip, the later included an evening’s stay in Rifugio Locatelli, a homestead embedded within the crevice that separates the Monte Paterno from the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. The area, like many sites in the Dolomites, is of profound historical importance, having been destroyed by grenade during the First World War and rebuilt in the years between the wars. Along her hike, Ishak witnessed the restored area around Cinque Torri, which has become a World War I museum in addition to a hiking trail.
What stunned Ishak most about the Dolomites perhaps was their astonishing diversity, with each peak emerging as an entirely new—if equally gorgeous—sight. In summer, the landscape floods with tourists, hikers, and rock climbers, drawn from all corners of the world to peer up at the pale cliffs, narrow valleys, and clear blue sky. “It’s insanely beautiful,” says the artist.
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