Entry Title: "Silent Dune - Namib Desert"
Name: Terri Gold , United States
Category and Expertise: Nature, Professional


Entry Description: Namibia: the vast nothingness. Here are the oldest and highest sand dunes, the darkest nights with spectacular celestial displays, The San people whose ancestry stretches back 150,000 years to the original Homo sapiens, And the oldest trees that exist on earth. The people of Namibia possess a reverence for the land. Himba women coat their bodies and hair in a mixture of animal fat and ochre; Literally covering bodies in the landscape. Rainfall is scarce, The sun is unrelenting, Yet respect for the landscape, the wildlife and all of the people who live here, remains. The wind rolls across the land from east and west, and forces the sand upward like ocean waves, mysterious and magical shapes and shadows. In Namibia, you are enveloped in sand and tinted red, once you stop resisting, you too, become part of the landscape.

About the Artist:

Terri Gold is an award-winning photographer known for her poetic infrared imagery of people from the remote corners of the globe. Her ongoing body of work Still Points in a Turning World explores our universal cross-cultural truths: the importance of family, community, ritual and the amazing diversity of its expression. Terriā€™s work has garnered many awards, shown in galleries internationally and published extensively. Recent exhibitions of her work have taken place at The Annenberg Space for Photography in conjunction with the "Life: A Journey Through Time" exhibition, and recent awards include the International Photography Awards, Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3), Humanity Photo Awards. She is always happiest with a camera or three in her hands.