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The light of the setting sun shines across the ridges of these remote dunes in the Mojave Desert creating deep and dynamic shadows which form these beautiful opposing shapes. I loved the visual tension of this composition when I saw it, and knew I had to create something there.

This is a different dune field in the Mojave from all my previous images, one that is almost never visited by photographers, or even hikers. I was breaking trail the whole way out to the dunes in deep sand, as no other trucks had been out there in quite some time, and a sand storm just minutes before had blown even more fresh sand across the track. This mean that I had 1.5 miles of fish tailing and tire spinning in deep powder sand to make it out to the parking area for the dunes. Arriving at the parking area, I barely managed to find a patch of clay just large enough to fit my wheels on so that I wouldn't sink and become stuck. Needless to say, it was a nerve-wracking experience, as I was alone and many miles from the nearest paved road or civilization. Of course, I was prepared with all the proper vehicle recovery gear and plenty of food and water and proper desert clothing and supplies! I again had the privilege of being the only person out on the dunes, without a single human footprint to be found anywhere. It was amazing.

Made with medium format 6x7 black and white film and a half-century old camera.

Mamiya RB67 Professional
Mamiya-Sekor 90mm f/3.8
Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100

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