There's a tired and worn maxim that photographers don't buy other photographer's work. It made me wonder if Lennon & McCartney ever bought an album by The Rolling Stones or Aretha Franklin; did Steinbeck ever buy a Hemingway novel; or, is this something particular to photographic art? It may be, and if it is I think it would be most present in photographers neighboring each other. After all, I may as well just go where he/she took that image and make it myself, easy...right? Not so easy. Not so do-able.
The below image is by my friend and fellow photographer, Alex Kunz. It's from Algodones Dunes in the southeast corner of California and a bit over 2 hours from my home. An easy trip, a trip I've been meaning to take for years, a place I pass on my way to Arizona / New Mexico a few times a year. And, a trip I've yet to make. But yes, I could have made the trip, taken a few dozen photos and probably had been happy for doing so. And yet, I wouldn't have captured what to me is that kernel of soul in a dune filled landscape. Not the way Alex did.
A fine and terrible thing about landscape photography is that the subject is ever changing and in the case of dunes it's not just the clouds and light, it's the entire landscape! Daily, no hourly, it drifts and flows like a bitter sea. It is nature in transition and forces patience and uncertain luck to be there at the right time and in the right place. Thus, the reason I was seized by this scene and was keen to own it as I'm not that patient and rarely that lucky.
The work is titled Sands of Time and can be found in Alex's print store (go there so as not to judge it by my iPhone pic). His well written blogs and artwork can be found on his website: Alexander S. Kunz
Sands of Time - Alexander S. Kunz