Sensual Sands, Namibia, 2017
Limited edition of 10
Platine archival print
Price upon request
Courtesy of the artist
It was during a 43-day trip across Africa in 2017 that American landscape and wildlife photographer Nikohl Starr chartered a helicopter to shoot the dunes falling into the sea along the Namibian coast. Colliding currents of warm and cool air typically shroud the Skeleton Coast in thick belts of fog and Starr embarked on the journey with resigned acceptance that the view was likely to be obscured.
However, as the helicopter approached the coast, pockets of bright sun were able to penetrate the dense fog and illuminate the dunes below. Starr was captivated: “Between the heavy layers of fog, intense light and mind-bending shapes of the dunes, it was an abstract dream.” Starr aims to create images that are “a little different or outside the box” and, in Sensual Sands, she has beautifully captured the undulating shapes, the ever-changing light and the blown sand of this stunning terrain.
Starr will be returning to Africa in August to observe the Great Migration of some two million wildebeest, gazelles and zebras as they travel the 800km from Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains to Kenya’s Masai Mara.
Nikohl Starr’s work will be on display at the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin, Tennessee, September 22nd-23rd, 2018.
For more information nikohlstarr.com
Hedge issue 51, pp78-84, August 2018