Achromatic dunes rising from the Tularosa Basin shaped by the prevailing New Mexican wind, White Sands is a reflection of the unique environment around it. Perhaps more widely known for the activities at the adjacent missile testing range, there is a graceful rhythmic quality to the environment that is just begging to be abstracted. Formed of white gypsum from the surrounding mountains, the dunes absorb light and color. The wind shifts this natural palette to create a constantly changing and unique landscape. The dunes shift as much as 30 feet a year, and nightly wind storms make the dunes almost unfamiliar each morning. One feels small and insignificant, surrounded by the seemingly limitless interaction between the sinuous forms of the dunes and the shadows that they cast on each other.
In the fall of 2010 I spent four glorious days shooting White Sands and instantly fell in love with this mysterious environment. From sunup to sundown, I spent as many hours as possible exploring the vast dune field, getting a feel for the various rhythms they encompass.
My approach to the dunes followed a natural progression from defining their relationship to the large-scale environment, to seeing how they related to each other, and finally to gaining an appreciation for their inherent abstract nature. It was a great learning process for me.
Evan Anderman is a social-landscape photographer based in his hometown of Denver, Colorado who shoots mostly from his airplane. In his youth Anderman spent a great deal of time in the mountains and plains of Colorado and the Western United States. This love of the land eventually led Anderman to pursue the earth sciences as a career and he obtained several degrees in Geological Engineering. After working nearly two decades in the field, Anderman took his love for the landscape and pursued his passion for photography to become a full-time artist in 2005. Anderman is especially attracted to less-traveled, and often barren, areas such as Eastern Colorado, the high deserts and forests of the Western United States, Antarctica, Iceland and the Arctic. He finds peace in the solitude that these places offer, and is empowered to rise to the challenge of portraying these landscapes with optimism.
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Arctic Impressions Published February 13, 2013
Antarctic Convergence Published January 05, 2012
Iridescent Echoes: The Colors of White Sands Published October 20, 2011
Antarctic Convergence Published September 22, 2010
Forgotten Land: Eastern Colorado Published December 20, 2007
Colorado Landscape Published May 31, 2007
Land of the West Published May 30, 2007