Places in the sand

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Monacelli Press, Dec 1, 1997 - Nature - 144 pages
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Traveling thousands of miles across vast deserts, Margaret Courtney-Clarke has photographed the remote and seldom-seen landscapes of Africa's magnificent and delicate environment, where nature wages an ongoing struggle to survive. Places in the Sand portrays unfolding dunes blown constantly by the wind, dreamlike roads that lead nowhere, the fragile cracked ground stretching endlessly toward the horizon.
Born and raised on a ranch at the edge of the Namib Desert, Courtney-Clarke's photographic work reflects an extraordinary blend of sophisticated European and ancient African cultures as well as an innate love for and instinctive understanding of the eternal beauty of the land.
In Places in the Sand, she turns a nostalgic and knowing eye to the landscape, creating evocative slivers of panoramas in which earth touches sky, poetic images of abandoned shacks engulfed by sand and time, and jewel-like shots framing textures, majestic colors, and forms.

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About the author (1997)

In her thirty years as a photographer, Margaret Courtney-Clarke has produced countless magazine stories and seven books. Born in Namibia in Southern Africa she has focused much of her work on African people, architecture, and landscapes. She first met Maya Angelou while working on African Canvas: The Art of West African Women (1987), for which Dr. Angelou wrote the foreword. Courtney-Clarke and Dr. Angelou later collaborated on the children's books My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me and Kofi and His Magic. Courtney-Clarke lives in Italy.