Silk Dunes

Silk Dunes

Silk Dunes

This image took me nearly 15 years to create.  The idea has been floating around in my head since I was a kid.  I had watched several movies that were filmed in the desert and featured great images of massive sand dunes.  Around 1998 I saw an image of some dunes and found my location for the image that I wanted to create.  In the spring of 2000 I made my first trip to the area hoping to create the image that I had envisioned.   Unfortunately the place looked nothing like the images that I had seen of it.  The color was wrong, the contrast wasn’t right and overall it was a disappointment.   I wasn’t happy with any of the images that I created on that first trip.

Several years went by and I often thought about returning and trying again.  For many reasons my travels never brought me close to the area.  This year there was a strange twist of fate that would bring me right by the area as I was returning from a trip.  This time the late afternoon sun along with it being late October proved just right for creating the contrast that I was looking for.  The color was still all wrong but this time I wasn’t looking for color but rather light, shadow and form.  The landscape took on an entirely different look when viewed from that perspective.  The sand became less harsh and took on the creamy, silky look that I wanted.  In the end I was able to create the image that I have so often though of.

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