Drew captures the magnificent sand dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia; focusing on the grand shapes, endless lines, and subtle tonal gradients of this simple yet beautiful desert environment.
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Immense and majestic, the dunes in Sossusvlei, Namibia are the largest in the world. Creating what might resemble a sea, bodies in abstract, or even modern architecture, the formations create oceans of simple structures with a complex relationship to light. The dunes are constantly evolving, consistent only in their physical makeup. As you examine them, subjects began to appear such as a woman’s prone torso, a perfect triangle or perhaps an infinite S curve. They are unique to their very place and time, as the wind will ensure that the shapes we see won’t ever repeat themselves. It isn’t until you get up close to the dunes that the subtle and nuanced shifts and tonal ranges, as well as the unique and temporary textures, appear. It is all too easy to take these simplistic shapes at face value, so I chose this very extraordinary place because of these qualities and to discover a dialogue, through my lens, with a landscape that is hospitable only to a handful of particularly-hardy flora and fauna. My hopes are that the viewer might see the very same shapes, lines, and ethereal light and draw from them a very different conclusion. Devoid of context, people, plants and animals, these immensely grand mountains of sand are studies in abstraction.