Death Valley National Park, California, USA

Sky And Desert

from $400 (limited edition museum signed prints)

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” 
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

In anticipation of a perfect sunrise after a very stormy day, I decided to spend the night in my car close to the spot I wanted to photograph, near the open valley in the middle of the desert. I could hardly imagine that the stormy day was simply a rehearsal for the epic storm that was beginning to roll in from the Sierra mountains. I woke up in the middle of the night, my van shaking so violently that I thought it will for sure roll over. The wind had strength and power unlike anything I had ever experienced: its fine dust and pebbles made spectacular sparks as they crashed fiercely against my windshield.

The storm didn’t quiet until the dawn. After a sleepless night, I turned on the ignition and took off for the sunrise. A half an hour later, the sky began to clear out and produced this unbelievably dramatic view of the low clouds enveloping the mountain range below.