One of my favorite places in Egypt was the simplest place we stayed, sleeping in straw huts on a Red Sea beach on the Gulf of Aqaba near Nuweiba. There was only the barest of luxuries, electricity for a short time in the evening, and it was an arid place with water trucked in. Yet, it felt like a slice of paradise to me. There was no option but to appreciate the gorgeous landscape and the opportunity to relax.
On my first morning, I got up to see the sunrise over the Red Sea and had the beach nearly to myself. I still look back on the stillness of these photos and it seems unreal, especially with those ethereal clouds. But it was so very real.
When I took this picture what most appealed to me was the texture in the sand, the hodgepodge of footprints going in every direction and the mountains rising out of the water. With irony almost right after I took this picture, a little crew arrived to rake the sand smooth. It was surreal to imagine that when the rest of the camp woke up they saw smooth sands leading to the Red Sea. And yet the idea of being the guys whose job it is to lay the sands flat has a certain zen quality to it, doesn't it?
Although I still quite prefer the shadows and light in the footprints as it was in the early morning dawn on the Red Sea, y'know?
February 19th, 2013
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