White Sands Revisited

JANUARY 27, 2017      SOUTHWEST, USA

I first visited White Sands National Monument in New Mexico 20 years ago with my father and sister.  It was a relatively quick trip into the park.

 

My family wasn’t interested in waiting for the “good” light. And I’d only packed a film camera and one lens. Frustrated by this decision to travel light and blown away by the magic of the all-white landscape, I promised myself I’d return one day to photograph this place… the right way.

 

This past December I honored that promise and returned to New Mexico, on my own and armed with a Hasselblad and tripod.  I’d also blocked out two full days to experience the desert.

 

As I journeyed into the white abyss, dozens of tourists and thousands of footprints were everywhere. This was not the pristine landscape I’d come for.  I’d have to hike into the rolling dunes an additional two miles before setting the tripod into the virgin sand.