NAMIB DESERT by Marcel Mueller

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I am often asked for my favorite African destination. 
My response often falters between Ethiopia, Madagascar, Libya and Namibia. However, the Namib desert will always be my favorite landscape choice. Regarded as the oldest desert on our planet with its highest dunes, this geographical phenomenon continues to impress. Its geology, little known and relatively easy to access, the area that is nicknamed Sossusvlei, inhabits me deeply. Just sit there, perched for hours, watching the wind dance from top to bottom. A moment when time stops, and I learn to listen to silence.

BAOBOB AVENUE by Marcel Mueller

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Blown away by observing a setting in its natural state, this is pretty much what happened .. 
These shots were taken last May, when I had returned to Madagascar. The country had grown up and the people were as charming, curious and friendly as ever. You could feel the winds of change, blowing across the island. The only thing that had given some vision for the future is a stable government since January 2014's last election, and hope that this impoverished country would leave behind a tragedy of continuous coups. 
Despite a heavy historical past and difficult times, optimism seemed to appear again. For a photographer in Baobab avenue, this was a magical moment. The only problem was which side to shoot. In front the sun setting among these quiet giants and behind another spectacular and unbelievable sight of the full moon rising beside the majestic baobab. I gave it everything and tried my best to get it all. The magic only lasted 20 minutes or so before darkness showed up and it was time to leave. Complete tranquility laid over the horizons.

AURORA BOREALIS by Marcel Mueller

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     This is my first experience, my first contact. This is the first time I photographed the Aurora Borealis .. My ISO 1600, the fear of a grain too big, 20 - 25 seconds of opening, shit the sky moves too fast, too much blur. Finally I capture, and I can fully feel the energy that twirls into the afterlife. A dance and cries of joy and wonder accompany my exhibition.

How? It's simple right?

During a solar storm accompanied by a magnetic storm, an influx of charged particles, ejected by the sun, collides with the shield that constitutes the magnetosphere. The phenomenon occurs when the particles emitted by the sun electromagnetize above the stratosphere. They thus cover the sky with phosphorescent draperies that can stealthily reproduce on their edge all the colours of the spectrum. These high energy electrified particles can then be captured and channeled by the lines of the Earth's magnetic field on the night side of the magnetosphere and end up in the polar horns. In short, I will see on my return what my images look.

NUNAVIK by Marcel Mueller

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Nunavik, Nunavut, the Polar Circle, The Great North .. 
What is and where is this place? 

     Nunavik is most northern, secluded, and indigenous region of Quebec. An isolated arctic tundra landscape submerged in a rich lush miniature flora, where the Inuit have settled and made their home from the beginning of mankind. Here time and scope have no limits. 
The desert of Libya, Namibia and Yemen spread wide, the endless rolling hills of South East Asia's golden triangle are dense, and the mighty Himalayan tibetan plateau is far and desolate. Nunavik offers vastness and a feeling of infinite space, truly something I had never encountered, in all my travels.
A photographic journey summoned me to the 58 parallel to document the great caribou migration. 400,000 +/- heads drifting southwards in sync with their environment and seasons. I saw only two, and was too far to get a decent shot. Unfortunately are federal laws stills enable hunters the rights to shoot and kill up to two bucks per licence. Potentially making this endangered species at risk.
And despite a certain disappointment to see more, my last few days I discovered along the shores of Ungava Bay….the Muskox.

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