“In a vacuum, everything assumes greater significance. A pebble becomes a hill, a hill becomes a mountain. That which seemed small before now enjoys a newfound prominence, both in the landscape and the mind. Subtle variations in hue and tone, previously unnoticed, now demand attention; what was once considered mundane now blossoms with unconsidered beauty.
Few places encapsulate that beautiful emptiness quite like Namibia, over twice the size of California with less than half the population of Los Angeles. Of all countries on earth, only Mongolia has a lower population density.
It was in that emptiness we happened across a lonely Oryx, seeking solace from the unrelenting African sun. Silently we stood at opposite ends of the open plain pondering each other’s surprising presence; less a stare-off and more a moment of mutual acknowledgment, as if to say “how cool is it that the universe brought us both here to this very spot at this very moment” - a shared thread of common existence amplified by the absence around us. How cool indeed.”
Caption and photo by emiliomag