改編自美國作家Frank Herbert同名小說的太空科幻電影《沙丘瀚戰》（Dune），上映以來引起不少關注，現時全球票房逾三億美金，電影公司日前宣布明年拍攝續集《Dune: Part Two》，預計2023年正式上映。關於《Dune》的小說背景及電影情節就不再贅述，無巧不成書，這段時間相繼在香港看過兩個關於沙丘的展覽，一位是香港建築師及攝影師Justin Hui，另一位是最近重返香港居住的澳洲攝影師Palani Mohan，他們不約而同都把鏡頭對準阿拉伯半島的沙丘。
身處一望無際的沙漠，人類顯得十分渺小，Justin選擇在日落時分拍攝沙丘，斜陽的光線在不同形狀的沙丘表面留下獨特的光影，凸顯出沙丘的輪廓與線條，與Edward Weston在加州拍攝的Oceano Dunes有幾分相似。高反差的光影效果令照片顯得超現實，同時充滿想像空間，正如Justin所說，the desert is a meditation into the vast unknown。
The long-awaited epic sci-fi film, “Dune,” adapted from Frank Herbert’s novel, reminds me of Hong Kong architect and photographer Justin Hui’s Dune images.
The photos were taken in Rub’ al Khali Desert, also known as the Empty Quarter. It is named because it covers a quarter of the Arabian Peninsula and is the largest dune desert in the world. Justin photographed the dunes at sunset. The rays of the setting sun leave unique light and shadow on the surface of the dunes, highlighting the contours and lines of the dunes. The high-contrast light and shadow effects make the photos quite surreal and imaginative. Humans seem tiny in such an endless dune, and the desert is a meditation into the vast unknown.
Photographer Palani Mohan has lived in the UAE for the past two years and was also attracted by this endless desert, spending a lot of time photographing the spectacular dunes. One morning, he found tiny animal footprints in the desert. The continued regular footmarks are just like the art of nature.
Palani learned from naturalists that these footprints included birds, insects, Camel Spiders, Desert Gecho, snakes, etc. They usually appear on the dunes at night and get into the sand before sunrise to avoid the high temperature of over 50 degrees during the day, leaving rhythmic footprints with different shapes.
These footprints may soon disappear without a trace under the wind blow. However, there will be different footprints the following day, and the footmarks are sometimes intertwined, making people wonder what happened. In addition to being patient and careful to observe their traces, the photographer also needs luck. Yet, he was lucky enough to see a desert gecko in the morning, adding subtle footprints to the vast expanse of desert canvas.
Sand Trails and Storm Clouds
Date: From Now On
Time: 10:30-19:30 (open daily)
Venue: f22 foto space, Shops BW11&13, The Peninsula Hotel