CIMA is a project exploring the fame and lore surrounding some of the greatest climbs in the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia. It started as a way to "visit" places virtually using Google Street View during the pandemic lockdowns knowing I wouldn't be able to travel and ride my bike there anytime soon. I began taking screenshots along the passes of things that caught my eye and something about the resulting images felt photographical and exciting than my current work in real life. They had a traditional photographic aesthetic rather than a generated image taken from some omnipresent entity strapped to the roof of a car. As I accumulated more and more screenshots I started to think how a photographers eye, taste, and compositional style are innate and how the definitions of what constitutes a photograph are rapidly changing.
The roads in this book helped define the borders of countries long before they established men as icons in their sport. They bear the physical marks of war in the same places they uphold in paint the names of riders glorified for their proficiency in high terrain. Some climbs are so sacred and so often used in grand tours you can clearly see multiple generations of rider’s names stained into the tarmac, washed over with the wearing effects of time, weather, and travel. The roads are, quite literally, pieces of history.
You can get a copy of CIMA here