Ghostly shapes in the deserts of New Mexico

Exploring (again) one of my favorite landscapes in the American west

I just got back from a landscape photography trip to the western United States, including the remote and unspoiled badlands of northwest New Mexico; a region jointly managed by the federal government and the Navajo Nation. For me, it is undoubtedly one of the most stunning landscapes in the world, adorned with eerie hoodoos and enigmatic, ancient rock formations sculpted by centuries of rain and erosion.

I first photographed this region almost exactly a year ago, and have been dreaming of returning and exploring more of it ever since. This time I covered more ground than before, hiking into areas few (if any) people venture into.

In the video below, I share the experience of being there, plus the compositional challenges I faced photographing such a unique subject matter.

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