The Solitary Beauty of the Namib Desert
Trees, animals, people, seem to be alone in the middle of the oldest desert in the world, the Namib, as it is easy to guess, in Namibia. The young photographer, Chris Eyre Walker, and adventurer, as he defines himself, resides in Sydney but spends his life traveling the world in search of the best spots for incredible photos and strives to convey his passion via YouTube videos explanatory of his adventures.
As a child, he had the chance to travel a lot with his parents. After high school, he joined the Belgian army for 3 years. In his spare time between training, he developed a taste for photography and decided at the end of his service to go around the world with all his savings to devote himself to his new passion. Since then, he has photographed some of the most beautiful places on the planet such as Nicaragua, Cuba, Iceland, Australia, French Polynesia, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa and finally Namibia.
The photos he brought back from his trip to Namibia are a fluctuation of shadows and lights in a giant hourglass. Time seems to extend further under this aridity that beats the heads of those who live in the desert. The bare trees, like deans of nature, express their loneliness in very luminous shots sometimes appearing dressed in a light white veil. The few animals posing for this series are often alone in the frame, their gaze suggests that they are concentrated or that they patiently watch the sun go down.
It is with a paradoxical sensation that one observes these photos where the contrast between the vast expanses photographed appears and the minimalism of the subjects that compose them. The limited ecosystem of the Namib Desert is enough to decorate the photographs of Chris Eyre Walker with various colors. Who would have thought that a place so hostile to life would be so photogenic!
Photo Credit: Chris Eyre Walker