BAOBOB AVENUE by Marcel Mueller

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Flabbergasted by photography and its natural settings, this is pretty much what happened .. 
These shots were taken last May, we went back to Madagascar. The country has grown up and the people have been charming, curious and friendly as ever. You could feel the winds of change - a popular australian saying - which was blowing across the island. The only thing that has 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 legacy of continuous coups. Nevertheless, I ended up in a situation where I was in the process of becoming more and more powerful.
For a photographer this was a magical moment. The only problem was which side to shoot. I gave it everything and tried my best to get it all. It lasted 20 minutes or so and so I was in complete tranquility, darkness showed up and it was time to leave.

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.

AURORA BOREALIS by Marcel Mueller

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     This is my first experience, my first contact. This is the first time I photographed a 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 simply the third largest of Canada's largest province, 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 man. Here time and scope have no limits. 
In my travels, 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 far and wide. Nunavik offers vastness and a feeling of infinite space, something true I had never encountered.
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 two only, and was too far to get a decent shot. Are there still still many laws when the government is still hungry to shoot and kill two bucks per license? 
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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