APERTURE: F/19

SHUTTER SPEED: 1/180
CAMERA: HASSELBLAD X1D-50C
FOCAL LENGTH: 45MM (XCD 45)
© SAEED NASSOURI

WEEKLY WINNER

Saeed Nassouri

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

What made you become the photographer you are today?

I have had a passion for photography since childhood, and I love to create an artistic photograph that makes people want to look at it again because it registers an emotion. I enjoy the journey in creating such works and in using different tools to do so.

What does the X System camera do for your photography?

The X System has enabled me to take medium format on the road. Such a small camera packed with fantastic resolution gives me the freedom to shoot medium format in harsh or remote locations as well as in street photography, which I could not easily do with my 500C/M before.

Tell us the story behind how you created your image.

I live in a city located on the outskirts of the desert and the sand dune formations have a special poetry about them that registers well with many people. The details in this series of photographs can be captured really well using medium format. The main reason I created these images was to show detailed impressions in the sand dunes. Little insect footprints in such a vast space fascinate me. When I walk through the dunes, which is usually in hot and humid conditions where the temperature can reach up to 50 degrees Celsius, I come across little details such as the footprints of small insects and desert wildlife. I positioned my camera directly above a small portion of the ripples and captured 3 different footprints going in different paths in one shot. Although I seldom see any of these creatures, their impressions lift my spirits, knowing that there is such diverse life in the empty desert and their footprints are renewed every day just like the prints I leave behind. 

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