Photograph of Staatsstraße by Alex Nichol


The ride back along Staatsstraße from Bormio to Campitello di Fassa, where I was camped for the night was smooth and meandering rather than hairpin-twisty. The road carved easily through the tree-carpeted mountains, while alpine villas strewn across the hill-sides watched me trundle by. After the congestion of Stelvio Pass, this was a breath of fresh air.

Staatsstraße, Stelvio Pass, Italy
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

After a short while, I came across a bizarre collection of brightly coloured wooden totems, hung with bleached animal bones, clonking gently by the roadside like a creepy wind chime, and decided to check it out. It turned out to be a private art exhibition called Freilichtmuseum Museo All' Aperto, comprising a collection of creepy sculptures by the owner Lorenz Kuntner. The installation is a somewhat macabre expression of his exasperation at the plight of the local environment under the weight of a thriving tourist trade. Definitely worth a visit.

Staatsstraße, Stelvio Pass, Italy
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

These photographs were taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the extraordinary Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM .

Alex Nichol

About the photographer

Alex Nichol is an amateur photographer based in the UK dabbling with landscape, travel and documentary. Alex has shot with pretty much everything, from classic 35mm and medium format film cameras from Zenit, Leica, Hasselblad and Rolleiflex, to digital SLR and mirrorless systems from Leica, Sony, Canon, Panasonic and Olympus. He is currently shooting with the Fujifilm X System.

Previous post: Lago di Carezza

Next post: Stelvio Pass