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Mini Portfolio 2/2004

Portfolio by Peter Fauland

The Wave

I work as a freelance landscape photographer and concentrated on the mid-west of the United States of America in the last years.

Many years ago, running over the pages of a travel magazine, I spotted a small and rather unimposing photograph of some rolling hills scenery. The surreal look, the strength of razor sharp swingled lines, the richness in tonality was breathtaking and I thought to myself: “ This is a place I want to see at least once in my life! ”

I started investigating and it took quite some time before I read an enthusiastic article, written by a landscape photographer, about a place he called “The Wave”. Wave - if I had to summarize in one word what this mystic place is all about, I would say it`s a frozen wave of sandstone. I did not let up and in autumn 2001 I was rewarded, finding myself in front of liquid rocks …

The place absorbed me and I spent many hours carefully exploring the lines and curves.

I felt a sense of motion in this otherwise static environment. The variety of layers of sedimentary rock is breathtaking, with the thickness of a single layer ranging from a few sheets of paper up to several inches.

The reflection of the structure in the unmoved water makes this the most peaceful place on earth.

The creators creativity is so manifold and the surface looked like a stroke of a brush.

Since my first visit I am addicted to these “Sandlines” and I try to come back as often as possible.

Peter Fauland

Canon EOS 33, Agfa Scala black&white slide film.

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