I have always seen sand dunes as a symbol of nature's beauty, how a vast space filled just with sand can hold so much beauty within. It is also a symbol of untouched primitive nature, as it is just formed by the wind, carrying the sand particles from one place to another. For millions of years, these wind currents have forged these wonderful shapes, scattered all over these vast landscapes, looking like a carefully sculptured and cut wooden surface, in some sort of a magical slowly occurring divine process.
For me, it is such a great pleasure sitting on these dunes, on the soft warm velvet sand, feeling the wind and watching it blowing the sand over the edge of a nearby dune... itís like watching the hands of God in action, shaping the world we live in... or like witnessing a cosmic phenomenon, like a new star being born... since they are all about mere natural factors working together to create something new, without any interference... an endless hymn, that takes place around us, without us even noticing...
I always wanted to capture these ideas with photography, and finally I think I am close in a way, this photo was shot in the desert around Siwa Oasis in Egypt. Our guide took us to this place, and the moment I stepped out of the car, I was charmed by its endless beauty, I noticed this blown away sand at a distance, I grabbed my zoom lens and looked into view finder, and here they were, these plaits of sand racing each other up the dune, and on the edge of the bright dune in the foreground you see this soft band, it is not out of focus, it is just the sand blown away!
other shots from the same area
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It seems that you finally got the divine spirit of the desert that I feel every time I go in, the same feeling that you are used to get in front of the sea. That's anyway what i can see in your last photos and read in your words. It's a feeling even stronger when you stay several days in the heart of the desert, when you sleep under the stars, no car, no other presence than your guide when you attend the morning at sunrise on immensity. A place where we can feel God or what we could call God !