In the oldest desert in the world, the tallest sand dunes tower hundreds of metres into the sky. From dawn until dusk the colors of the dunes shift with the sun in stunning gradients of burnt reds and dusty pinks.
Diving into the three-million-hectare expanse of Africa’s Namib Sand Sea, it would appear never-ending. With wind blowing in from the hinterland and from the coast, particles and dust gather to form enormous dunes, their true magnitude beyond our comprehension. Ribbon-like patterns found in the sand reveal perpetual transience in precise detail.
From overhead, the horizon disappears from view, allowing for the most intimate details to be accentuated and celebrated instead. From this perspective, the dunes bear a resemblance to the human form, an array of flesh tones blending and cascading in symphony, bringing to mind our complicated relationship with Nature and its magnetic pull on the human subconscious.
Like all nations, Namibia is vulnerable to the effects of climate change, yet it is the first country to secure the protection of the environment in its constitution, setting an example for the world that this man-made crisis can no longer be ignored.
This is our home. We only have one.
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