Within the boundless sand dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses Nationwide Park in Brazil, photographer Ale Rodrigues was decided to seize the “pureza” (or purity) of the panorama.
On what was to be a fast tour to survey the park for a future workshop he could be instructing quickly morphed right into a revelation of the ethereal and stylish nature of the world.
Inspiration and intuition started to surge within the São Paulo-based photographer and filmmaker, and he was compelled to encapsulate and protect the expertise.
“I might hear solely to the wind and nothing else and that additionally helped me to focus, to attempt to categorical this sense in my photos. My objective was to convey the sensation of being in that place earlier than any people set foot there, simply uncooked, pure nature, every time I might see that within the panorama I might shoot,” Rodrigues says, talking with PetaPixel.
The outcomes had been a collection of minimalistic photographs of completely white clouds, serene emerald lagoons, and dreamlike hills and sand scatter. Within the YouTube video above, Rodrigues describes the sheer freedom to be immersed within the current second, that was evoked whereas filming and taking pictures the panorama or ‘sandscapes’ as he calls it, “…The explosion of shapes, contrasts, colours [was] actually a photographer’s paradise.”
To assist him in his imaginative and prescient of capturing an “untouched” look to an space, which might see upwards of 60,000 guests yearly, Rodrigues needed to suppose otherwise.
“I had to make use of a telephoto lens, the place most of my photos had been shot at 200mm on a full-frame digital camera,” he explains.
“I used a full-frame digital camera (a Canon 5D Mark IV) and a 70-200mm f/4 lens, I first tried some photographs with the extensive angle lens (17-40mm f/4) however, to get a lot of the panorama within the body would additionally suggest on getting an excessive amount of I didn’t need in it, like footsteps, vehicles, folks […] I like the truth that through the use of the 70-200mm I might higher isolate the sand dunes, the composition with the lagoons, and the cloud formation.”
The piercing hue of the lagoons that mirrored the moody skies, accompanied by the silence of the skinny sand-blown hills, supplied Rodrigues sufficient “closeness” to the second and space to push himself to pursue extra.
“I needed to get as shut as attainable to intimacy with the panorama, the nearer I might get to a sand dune for me it was just like the extra you could possibly really feel it, the wind blowing within the sand dune and the silence. Much like when you find yourself taking pictures a portrait of somebody with a telephoto and get a close-up shot (extra intimacy and element).”
As awestruck Rodrigues was with the distinctive fantastic thing about Lençóis Maranhenses, he needed to take care of just a few different parts that the world manifested.
“Sand. Quite a lot of it. [And] wind. At all times. So, you mainly get a combo of very superb sand with wind and also you get the worst atmosphere for any photographic tools […] it’s a harsh atmosphere and sand will get caught all over the place.”
He says he struggled to vary lenses, so he averted it altogether every time attainable. It has been greater than a month since Rodrigues got here again from this current shoot and he says his tripod nonetheless has sand in it.
Regardless of the humid and windy local weather, no lasting injury was finished to Rodrigues’s tools, nor did it taint the expertise that was birthed.
“I believe the decisive issue was that I used to be capable of chill out and that enabled my photographic instincts to be sharp, it was a mixture of feelings once I lastly noticed the footage, I felt at peace being there.”
Rodrigues’s collection creates an irresistible attract to the world, and like many photographers, that sort of attract attracts and conjures up others to expertise it for themselves.
“We panorama photographers have an ideal accountability with nature,” Rodrigues says when requested concerning the mindfulness wanted to be a customer of revered scenic lands.
“I consider this photograph collection may shed some gentle to protect the ‘purity’ of anywhere you’re visiting, be it a sand dune, a lake, a waterfall, a seashore, a mountain, wherever in nature, simply make certain to depart it in the identical situation as you discovered, besides after all to your footsteps, take your rubbish with you, and be variety to nature, it’s that easy, and even in order that’s not what we’re seeing on the planet in the present day. So attempt to maintain the “purity” of any panorama you go.”
Photographers and non-photographers alike have counseled Rodrigues on his resolution to not over-saturate his photographs through the enhancing course of. A choice that was co-made with Rodrigue’s spouse and encourager — Leticia — and is one which significantly contributes to the clear, delicate, and peaceable impact when viewing the collection.
Picture credit: Photographs by Ale Rodrigues