Girls in the Desert
June 12, 2016
The thing about Little Sahara Federal Recreation Area is that it can either be a really marvelous location or a really miserable one. I've been spending quite a bit of time down there over the past few months since it seems to be the go-to place for my clients lately, and for good reason. Its stunning layers of sand, mountains and sage create a unique, almost ethereal, atmosphere for portraiture. When the clouds are stacked just right, the lights is perfect but when the wind kicks up it takes just minutes for skin, hair and equipment to become crusted over with sand. That is just what happened on this particular shoot and, I have to say, these girls were troopers dealing with the wind and cold during the few hours we were traipsing around the dunes. We managed to get some fun shots despite the weather, so take a look at a few below. This hybrid shoot used various Kodak, Agra and Fuji films on my Canon A-1, Olympus Pen FV and Yashica 635.
More things to enjoy:
Thomas Jackson put together photographs of hanging installations to mimic the gatherings he observed in nature (no Photoshop involved).
Magnum photographers talk about the "decisive moment" in their photography careers.
The New York Sanitation Garage brings some organization to mounds of items that people throw away.