Words: Ana Gomes & Morgane Erpicum
Photography: Morgane Erpicum
11 March 2018
Spanning over 9 million square kilometres across northern Africa, the great Sahara desert is the largest hot desert in the world, with a remarkable variation of micro-climates and plant and animal species.
From the marine life-rich waters of the Red Sea in the east to the deep blue waters of the mighty Atlantic Ocean in the west, the Sahara morphs from vast rocky plateaus to wind-shaped sand dunes, punctuated by deeply carved mountain ranges and evading green oases.
It is in vast and fragile places such as these that Belgian film photographer Morgane Erpicum feels most at peace.
Since receiving her first 35mm camera for her birthday, she has found in film photography the perfect outlet for her creativity. She revels in its pace and rhythm. "It can not be rushed. One can not afford to be unfocused; you must be in the moment, and each moment seems elongated as you are made to wait for the perfect shot - for exposures are finite, and each is precious."
Through her photography, Morgane hopes people will not only fall in love with these remarkable places, but also "to give people the opportunity to revel in their innate beauty and to understand that their very existence depends on us and the way we lead our lives."
See more of Morgane's work here.