Collage of sand

Timo Lieber's Image

Alone in the world’s largest desert, Timo trekked across these towering dunes to find the perfect shot.

‘The key for me was to immerse myself in the landscape’, he explains. Enduring several brutal storms, he was rewarded with this collage of contrasting sands, bathed in the early morning light. The Rub’ al Khali, meaning empty quarter in Arabic, is one of the hottest and driest places on Earth. Temperatures reach 50°C and there is less than three centimetres of rain a year. However, fossils found in the region tell a different story. Between 37,000 and 17,000 years ago, evidence suggests there were lakes filled with hippos and buffalo.

Behind the lens

Timo Lieber

Germany / United Kingdom

Timo is an aerial and landscape photographer. His earlier works explored vast, untouched landscapes, and he is currently working on a series reflecting human interaction with nature. His work has been exhibited internationally, and can be found in corporate and private collections. He was named Photographer of the Year at the Epson International Pano Awards in 2013.

Image details

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 400mm f5.6 lens
  • 1/125 sec at f16  •   ISO 200
  • Rub’ al Khali, United Arab Emirates
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