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If you recognize this skyscape you must know Bond. James Bond. Either that or you’ve spent your fair share of time scaling up or skiing down the Bernese Alps near Mürren, Switzerland, parasailing or base jumping in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, trekking the path that inspired Tolkien to write of the Misty Mountains, or have simply ridden the 2,970 meter track of cable car to the summit of Schilthorn in the Bernese Oberland, the peak from which this photograph was taken.

When I think of masterpieces I think of isolation. I think of the artist’s solitude. I think of the silence, the labor, the not wasted time wasted in silent labor to labor towards the master piece.

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I think of the precipices of mountains: what it’s like to stand auf die Spitze eines Berges and what it’s like to nod and say, “I like the view from here.”

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