Deserts of the world

Landscape of Empty Quarter, Rub al Khali Desert, Oman

Landscape of Empty Quarter, Rub al Khali Desert, Oman

“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams…”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Barchan dunes of the Namib Desert Aerial photograph

Barchan dunes of the Namib Desert, Namibia 

“Everything that ever happened to me that was important happened in the desert.”
― Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

Dusk in the volcanic landscape of the Black Desert, Egypt

Dusk in the volcanic landscape of the Black Desert, Egypt

“…anyone can make a desert and call it peace…”
― Kate Elliott, Cold Magic

Bedouin in Empty Quarter, Rub al Khali Desert, Oman

Bedouin in Empty Quarter, Rub al Khali Desert, Oman

“You are a nomad, a wanderer – just like me. You roam the desert and I roam the world. What’s the difference between us?”
― Linda Ruth Horowitz, While the Sands Whisper

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Tree of water connects lagoon and Atlanic ocean – Aerial photograph of Namibian coast

“In the empire of desert, water is the king and shadow is the queen.”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

Whirlpool of sand Aerial photograph of the Namib Desert

Whirlpool of sand Aerial photograph of the Namib Desert

“But in the desert, in the pure clean atmosphere, in the silence – there you can find yourself. And unless you begin to know yourself, how can you even begin to search for God?”
― Father Dioscuros

Bedouin in Empty Quarter, Rub al Khali Desert, Oman

Bedouin in Empty Quarter, Rub al Khali Desert, Oman

“As I listened I thought once again how precarious was the existence of the Bedu. Their way of life naturally made them fatalists; so much was beyond their control. It was impossible for them to provide for a morrow when everything depended on a chance fall of rain or when raiders, sickness, or any one of a hundred change happenings might at any time leave them destitute, or end their lives. They did what they could, and no people were more self-reliant, but if things went wrong they accepted their fate without bitterness, and with dignity as the will of God.”
― Wilfred Thesiger

Ray in the desert, surreal landscape of the White Desert, Egypt

Ray in the desert, surreal landscape of the White Desert, Egypt

“In the desert I had found a freedom unattainable in civilization; a life unhampered by possessions, since everything that was not a necessity was an encumbrance. I had found too, a comradeship inherent in the circumstances, and the belief that tranquility was to be found there.”
― Wilfred Thesiger

Surreal landscape of the Namib Desert Acacia Trees in the Deadvlei pan, Namibia

Surreal landscape of the Namib Desert Acacia Trees in the Deadvlei pan, Namibia

“In the desert of the heart, tears do not touch the ground.”
― Charles de Leusse

Rock formations of the White Desert, Egypt

Rock formations of the White Desert, Egypt

“The sand doesn’t care if you’re made of flesh or stone.”
― Joaquin Lowe, Bullet Catcher

Dead Acacia Tree and sun in Hidden Vlei pan, Namib Desert, Namibia

Dead Acacia Tree and sun in Hidden Vlei pan, Namib Desert, Namibia

“Desert is simply that: an ecstatic critique of culture, an ecstatic form of disappearance.”
― Jean Baudrillard, America

Landscape of Empty Quarter, Rub al Khali Desert, Oman

Landscape of Empty Quarter, Rub al Khali Desert, Oman

“I shivered in those
solitudes
when I heard
the voice
of
the salt
in the desert.”
― Pablo Neruda

Meroe Pyramids in the Nubian Desert, Sudan

Meroe Pyramids in the Nubian Desert, Sudan


Desert photo gallery

 

Shadows on the wall

How I long to be
A shadow on the wall
I will make no sound at all
And when the sun goes down
The shadow on the wall
It cannot be seen at all

-Brandi Carlile-

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Chasing shadows, Sudan

Old Dongola, Sudan

Old Dongola, Sudan

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Skateboarding in Melbourne, Australia

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Colours and shadows of Trinidad, Cuba

Little girl and shadow in Den/ui village, Bushmanland, Namibia

Little girl and shadow in Den/ui village, Bushmanland, Namibia

Shadows on the wall, Sudan

Shadows on the wall, Sudan

 

Namibia

Namibia was one of my first photo assignments. I travelled the obvious photo locations such as Sossusvlei or Etosha National Park, but also visited off-the beaten track areas such as Bushmanland. The highlight of the journey was renting a Cessna (without doors) and taking photographs of the Namib Desert at sunset from above.

It was back in the era of analog cameras and Fuji films. All these pictures were taken by my bellowed Nikon FM2 camera and Nikkor prime lenses. I carried two plastic bags of films – Fuji Velvia 50 and Fuji Provia 100 – about 120 rolls altogether. And then I spent days and days, actually nights and nights, of scanning.