whispers in the sand

The Sahara (the Arabic word for desert) is the largest desert in the world. Being surrounded by it gives a feeling of an infinite sea of sand. It’s like an ocean, but the opposite – it’s dry, hard to live in, with enormous changes in temperature. It doesn’t make it any less beautiful, though – and living in Morocco, one of the African countries which the Sahara is reaching into, I decided that I really need to see this vast expanse of sand, wind and sun.

The experience was not a disappointment. Walking in the sand and sleeping under the stars was like a dream – something completely different and quite unbelievable. The silence was stunning. Not only were we far from human habitation, but being a desert, there weren’t even any creatures that sang or shrieked or played.

After the first overwhelming feeling of infinite space and never-ending waves of sand, I started taking a closer look: the colours, the patterns, the lines. It’s an ever-changing work of art, created by wind, light and sand. From my human perspective I saw brush strokes, calligraphy made by the wind, patterns of a seemingly invisible sea. The desert is a place one can easily get lost in, both physically and mentally.

There is intricate detail and stupendous variability even in the greatest of things.

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The writing of the wind.

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Soft shadows and moving piles of sand.

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The smaller waves.

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Movement.

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Sunrise light and shadow.

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Layers of sand.

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A brush stroke.

I’ll discreetly insert a shameless plug here at the end: some of these photos can be bought over here! I’ve recently added some of my best work to RedBubble, and made it available on art prints, phone cases, t-shirts etc. So if you’re so inclined, go have a look, and feel free to share it with others if you think they’d enjoy it!

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3 thoughts on “whispers in the sand

    • Yes; the colour palette almost suggests a skin tone, and the curves and lines help, too. Isn’t funny how our brains work? 🙂 Thanks for your comment, Pip!

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