Alan Sislen - Desert Musings
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I find myself continually attracted to the desert, especially the beauty and desolation. I find the challenge of photographing the desert exhilarating, whether White Sands, New Mexico, Death Valley, California, The Atacama, in Chile, or the Namib desert in Namibia. Not all deserts are created equal! One can be at the lowest point in North America in Death Valley (-282 feet below sea level) or at over 15,000 feet above sea level in the Atacama.
Although devoid of rain, the Atacama is rich in minerals, and has been mined for copper, gold, sodium nitrate (saltpeter), and more recently, lithium. White Sands, in the Tularosa Basin of New Mexico is the largest gypsum dune field in the world. The Namib Desert has a distinctive orange color, which has developed over time as iron in the sand oxidizes.
The natural beauty of the desert, with the sensuous curves of the dunes or rippled textures caused by the wind beg to appreciated and photographed. There are few places where one can feel as close to nature as the desert.
My photographs are available as individually signed, fine art prints in various sizes. Each photograph is personally printed by me using archival, pigmented inks, on paper chosen for its archival properties as well as its ability to enhance the aesthetic quality of the photograph. A Certificate of Authenticity, providing all relevant information about the photograph, the materials used and the artist accompanies each print.
I am able to meet the needs of the photography collector as well as art consultants, who might be seeking very large prints for a corporate boardroom, a non-profit organization or the health care industry.
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