Towering high above the quaint mountain town of Chamonix, in the Alps of France, is Le Massif Du Mont Blanc. Mont Blanc itself – the highest point in the European Alps – is just to the right, out of frame of this photograph. Throughout my year living in this French paradise it was these three peaks which caught my attention the most. The massive scale, uniformity and ruggedness of these mountains inspired me. I learned to use my grandpa’s large format 4×5 view camera there. This was one of my first attempts, and perhaps my first great result with the beautiful tool from decades past.