“it’s a nice achievement to do this bouldering portfolio about my country, in the style of climbing I like the most,” says the Swiss boulderer/photographer Fred Moix, who spent the last six years shooting his native stones. “It was like a personal mission, a kind of legacy I wanted to give.”
If you’ve been living under a rock, the thing to know is, Switzerland is one of the world’s hard-bouldering epicenters, thanks in no small measure to Fred Nicole’s visionary efforts over the past 15 years. “I remember witnessing Fred cruise La Danse des Balrogs (the world’s first V13) when I was young, and I just didn’t believe my eyes,” says Moix. “Fred’s achievements and the way he’s doing them are truly impressive.”
Moix says his boulderer’s eye helped with this portfolio. “Being deeply invested in the community, looking for new problems, and climbing at a good level have helped me understand which problems are special and for what reasons,” he says. Shooting Swiss blocs, adds Moix, is “all about the passion to be in the rhythm. On some moments of some shoots, you get that special state of mind you encounter when you’re climbing just perfectly.”
Visit: fredmoix.com to see more of Frédéric Moix’s photos.