Sahara Desert, 2017.
I wasn’t satisfied with the pictures I had been taking. Moroccan main cities are bustling and crammed with tourists. I needed more silence. After one night of traveling by bus – no sleep at all – several hours driving through the rock desert, and one last huge stretch of sand road, we climbed up the Erg Chegaga Dune. It is one of the highest and wildest in the Moroccan desert, towards the Algerian border.
It was totally worth it. Every guide of the desert tells you to go up and relax and enjoy the sunset from the dune. I looked down instead.
There was nothing but silence and this walking boy. He was a Tuareg, one of the desert nomads known as the “blue men” because the indigo pigment in the cloth of their traditional robes and turbans stains their skin dark blue. All around him there was a sea of sand, it was incredible. And the backlight from the setting sun began overlapping with the sky’s color, making it clear and white.
This was the first picture that made me say: “Ok, you came here for photography. Now you’re starting to do it right.”
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