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Photos I Wish I Had Taken: Marsel von Oosten

Photo: Marsel von Oosten

Photo: Marsel von Oosten

I’ve been a fan of Marsel von Oosten’s work for over a year now. His work is wonderfully diverse and equally good across landscape, wildlife and travel photography. He’s won countless awards including, most recently, being named  Travel Photographer of the Year in 2015.

I’m drawn to photos of his like the one above. He has a knack for adding an ethereal quality to many of his pictures, as well as a fantastic ability to make the most of graphic elements in his compositions.

The dead trees above are in Nambia’s Deadvlei, one of the most photographed landscapes on the planet. Most photographers shoot Deadvlei at sunrise when the sand is a deep pumpkin orange and the trees cast dark, craggy shadows.  (See the image below of von Oosten’s that’s on the more “classic” side.)

But I just adore this soft moody version. Besides being utterly different from the thousands of other images out there from this spot, I feel as if I’ve been dropped into a fairy tale.

Photo: Marsel von Oosten

Photo: Marsel von Oosten

Here’s what von Oosten had to say about this piece he entitled The Veil.

“Dead camelthorn trees in Deadvlei, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia. This used to be a wet marsh before the giant sand dunes (in the background) blocked the river that fed it. Subsequently, all the trees died. As the wood is very hard and the humidity very low, the trees don’t rot. These ancient skeletons are around 600-700 years old. This was shot in rare foggy conditions, which made one of the most surreal places on earth even more magical. ”

 

What do you like about the picture?

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  1. The moody image is more like an abstract art that makes me think too much 🙂
    Of course the orange one is very lively.
    Amazing how these different yet same photographs play with your thoughts and emotions than you can actually imagine.

  2. The main image is a very nice take on a fairly common subject — but what I like most about it is the range of gray/white tones that come through. I know how difficult this is to pull off.

  3. Really nice with the ghost-like trees! But to be honest: I´ve seen similar pictures (for example by S. Salgado, M. Martin…) of the dead trees at Dead Vlei. So to me it´s seems like a very common motive, but it has definitely a nice atmosphere to it, different than the “romantic” ones at sunset. 😉

  4. HI Susan,

    I loved the article and the awesome photography by Marsel Von Oosten.

    simply amazing.

    Cheers, Tara

    On Sun, Feb 28, 2016 at 3:31 PM, The Insatiable Traveler wrote:

    > Susan Portnoy posted: ” I’ve been a fan of Marsel von Oosten’s work for > over a year now. His work is wonderfully diverse and equally good across > landscape, wildlife and travel photography. He’s won countless awards > including, most recently, being named Travel Photographer o” >

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