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Johan Lolos

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Peaks of Europe: Now back home after a 5-month summer road trip across 17 countries johan@johanlolos.com Lofoten Workshop: 17-24th Feb. Apply now ↓

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See the 4 boats? See the wreck of seagulls? See me on that idyllic beach having a blast piloting my drone? #peaksofeurope
As some of you might have figure it out through my recent stories, I’ve spent the last days working hard on the curation and editing of the photos for my upcoming #peaksofeurope book.  It’s been 2 months that I returned home already and during that time I almost didn’t open any of the 35,000 images that I brought back with me. Instead I decided to step away for a while and come back a few weeks later with a fresher eye.  Probably the best decision as it allowed me to re-discover photos that I forgot having taken a few months back, but first and foremost it allowed me to re-adapt my editing and curating approach.  I seriously cannot wait to show you the final product when the book will finally be released!
Have you ever experienced magical nights? Well, if not, this might be your chance then! Because this winter, I’m bringing 8 of you to my favorite region in the world, the Lofoten archipelago!  On 17-24th February, 2018 I will be joined by my good friend @pie_aerts and we’ll teach a small group of 8 participants all we know about photographing the outdoors and the majestic Lofoten.  If you want to join us on what will be an epic 8-day adventure, apply now to our AURORA ‘18 Lofoten Photography Workshop. We’re offering a 250€ discount to anyone applying before Dec. 4th! Don’t miss out this rare opportunity :) Info & how to apply on my website, link in bio.
SCALE. I have a massive admiration for the mountaineers. I’m not too sure why I’ve never tried but this is very high on my list! On another note, happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate it! To thank all of you who have been supporting me over the last 4 years, I’m offering you a massive Black Friday deal on all my calendars until Sunday midnight CET. Get 50% off any order with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY and get a calendar for 12.5€ only. Be quick, stocks are getting low super fast and there won’t be enough for everyone. Again, thank you all for your huge support over the past years. Really means a lot! To order your calendar, click on the link in bio :)
Today marks 1 year since I first pitched the #peaksofeurope project to my sponsors. With experience I realized how important it is for me to have at least one big personal project per year to focus and work on. Something that really allows me to express my art and creativity without any limit. I'm still currently going through all the photos I brought back with me, and while I'm still working on my photo book and exhibition, I promise will have more info for you guys very soon. Meanwhile here's a shot I took on the very first weeks of #peaksofeurope while in the Lofoten, Norway, a very special place to me that I'm looking forward to visiting again soon. I also wanted to express my gratitude to all the sponsors that have put their trust in me for the past year, and my friends at @xtorm are definitely one of them. Thank you guys for making me a brand ambassador!
It's calendar season, and this year I'm not releasing 1 or 2, but 4 brand new 2018 wall calendars! They all feature photos from my recent 5-month road trip #peaksofeurope.  A calendar with photos of the whole trip (12 countries) or a calendar featuring a specific region (the North, the Balkans or the Alps), you get to choose your favorite one! And if you buy 2 or more before December 1st, you receive a 20% discount with coupon code CALENDAR20. Shipping worldwide.  I hope you'll enjoy the selection!  Jump over my story for the next 2 hours to have a preview, or have a better look and order yours directly on my website johanlolos.com (link in bio). Note: this photo of Iceland is in both 'Peaks of Europe' and 'Peaks of Europe - The North' calendars.
This image was taken last summer after an uncommon heavy snowfall that day in the French Alps. I don't know how often one gets to see the Lac Blanc unfrozen yet surrounded by snow, but I feel like we've been pretty lucky that evening. 24 hours later, all the snow was gone already. #peaksofeurope  Shot for @icebreakernz
I've been quite silent recently. It has already been 3 weeks since I'm back from my #peaksofeurope trip, and after a few days catching up with all the important people in my life and getting some deserved rest, I've started to work on my photo book which I hope to release as soon as possible. It's a long process though as I want it to be a beautiful piece of art, both about photography and storytelling. So yeah, not much time for social media recently as all my efforts are put on that new publishing adventure. If you want to stay updated with news and get a notification when the pre-orders of the book start, you can sign up on my website. Link in bio :)
Getting ready for winter #peaksofeurope
Norwegian fjords look-alike valleys of Switzerland. #peaksofeurope
Early morning at the Terri hut deep in the mountains of Switzerland after a short night. All the guest are already up at 6am for breakfast, getting ready to go on a long day of hiking in the Greina Plateau.  @myswitzerland | @graubuenden
Insane patterns of one of the most beautiful mountain plateaus I've seen. Carrying the 2-kg drone setup on the hike to the hut was definitely worth the extra weight! #peaksofeurope  @graubuenden
It's been a week already that I returned home after 145 days on the road, driving through 17 countries in Europe and chasing the very best landscapes of the old continent. This road trip has been a blast and those who followed on a daily basis through my InstaStories know how much I've learnt in the past 5 months.  I will obviously keep posting fresh content from #peaksofeurope in the next few weeks, as it's now time for me to settle down for a while and start working on what's next. The photo book about this big adventure is one of the main priorities for now, just like the preparation of some epic workshops and photo tours in Europe for 2018.  If you guys don't want to miss any update about workshops and about the launch of the pre-orders of my book, you can sign up on my website. Link in bio.  Thank you all for your continuous support for the past months, it truly helped and pushed me to keep exploring!  @myswitzerland | @graubuenden
Before starting the hike to the Augstmatthorn at 3pm, I have been staring at the mountains from the window of my hotel room the whole day, hoping for the low clouds to lift up. For 6 hours, the clouds were sticking to the mountain ridge, and I had very little hope of seeing anything from the summit. But hey, this was my last day in the Jungfrau region and I didn't want to leave without having hiked to that peak.  With a couple of new friends we decided to go anyway, and try our luck. Maybe it was going to be a huge failure, maybe not. We just had to try.  At the trailhead, we could see fast moving clouds dancing with the ridges. Again, it was impossible to say what the conditions would be 90min later up there. So we started to hike, hoping for something good.  And these are the conditions we got once we arrived at the summit. An insane sea of fog covering just half of the mountains. Luckily I had someone to pose for me to give the whole scene an apocalyptic scene. Those clouds stayed there for about 10 minutes, then slowly started to lift up. 30min later, we could see Lake Brienz down the valley, and the heavenly foggy conditions faded away just like an old dream. Definitely one of the most intense moments of my trip photography wise! #peaksofeurope  Shot for @myswitzerland | @myinterlaken
The picturesque valley of Lauterbrunnen at its best time of the day, just before night. #peaksofeurope  Starting today until the 15th of October, some of my photos of Switzerland that I took last winter in March will be exhibited in @utrechtcentraal, Netherlands, along with the photos of @michielpieters @croyable and @claireonline. You will have the opportunity to like and share the photos offline and by doing so, maybe win a trip for 2 in Switzerland! Good luck! Shot for @myswitzerland | @jungfrauregion
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Why does everyone love autumn colors so much? Do we actually all like yellow and orange or is it just because we can finally experience a change after 4 or 5 months of green everywhere and those colors are extraordinary, literally? I mean, what if the trees were all yellow during spring and summer and would turn green just for a couple of weeks in autumn? Wouldn't it be amazing as well? #peaksofeurope
The most emblematic mountain of the Alps, the Matterhorn / Cervino, a natural border between Switzerland and Italy, glowing at sunrise. An incredible 4,478m peak, the 12th highest of the Alps, that has been climbed for the first time in 1865, 79 years after Mont-Blanc. #peaksofeurope @haglofs  Shot for @myswitzerland | @valaiswallis
Changing seasons in the picturesque valley of Lauterbrunnen. Last time I was there was 2 years ago on a rainy day of November, when all the trees had lost their leaves already. It was great to finally see that place in full colors! #peaksofeurope #whpseasons  @myswitzerland | @jungfrauregion
Room with a view, but even better than that. A room in Switzerland with a view on Italy. You can actually see the customs building. #peaksofeurope  Shot for @myswitzerland | @valaiswallis
After yesterday's post featuring the Alps' biggest glacier (Aletsch glacier), here's a shot of the second biggest one: Gorner glacier. No matter how many times I see these giants of the mountains, I'm speechless in front of such beauty. Being in such wild and vast landscapes always make me realize how tiny and insignificant we humans are and how we should be more respectful and humble towards our planet Earth.  On this image, you can also see Switzerland's highest mountain Monte Rosa with its highest peak Dufourspitze hidden in the clouds. #peaksofeurope  A huge thanks to my friends at @haglofs for the perpetual support.

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