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While touring the west coast of the U.S. in the summer of 2012, I became mesmerized by some of the most incredible landscapes I had ever seen - resulting in the above photo series I call “Widlands”. Yosemite, Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, they all passed through the lens of my camera. Roads that seemed endless, the sea on one side and deserts and mountains full of colors and textures in imposing shapes on the other, constantly changing as we passed from one state to another.
With the exception of a man-made road, these landscapes feel almost untouched - and you have no choice but to surrender to nature, to go back to the essence and admire its magnificence - just as it should be.
Now, ten years later, these vast landscapes have been increasingly met with the looming threat of climate change, as droughts and wildfires have been ravaging the western United States for multiple years now. I wonder how they have changed. If I were to return to these lands and capture them through my camera again, would they look different? Has their natural beauty and ruggedness been compromised or maybe even erased?
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