Sand dunes in Death Valley, California. Michael Scott Lees fine art photographic prints for sale

Death Valley, California, United States of America - Code: DE9656ST


Location: Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley, California, United States of America

Code: DE9656ST

Portfolio Type: “ THE ONE ” Fine Art Portfolio


It was about 5.30am and I was out on the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in Death Valley, California. In the brief time that I had before the shooting light began, I looked back on the last 24 hours and agreed that there was no other place so apply named, but yet so beautiful. It began with a sign saying “Death Valley” that was buckled from the heat, then another sign say “Turn your air conditioning off to stop your vehicle from overheating”. This was good advice, for as we climbed up 5 miles of hill the car started to overheat, glad I switched it off, but as soon as we started coming down, I switched it back on as you could feel the heat engulfing the inside of the vehicle.


I was with my two girls and we came across Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes which I’d listed on my map as a place to possibly photograph. I check the clock and it was 2pm, hottest part of the day and it was the middle of summer, as I parked the vehicle, we looked at each other questioningly. Then I said “Ok so who’s coming with me to check this location out” Sasha said “yes” and Measjaya said “no!”… smart kid that Measjaya. I’d experienced some hot places like the Australian and African deserts, I thought, no worries, I opened the car door and it was like opening the fan forced oven door at home and stepping into the oven. Straight away I knew this was the hottest environment I’d ever been in, what was adding to the heat was the 25 mile an hour wind. I ventured with Sasha to about 50 metres from the car and stopped, you could literally feel the moisture being taken from your body… how the hell does anything survive in this heat? We looked at each other and said “Yep” and then headed back to the car.


We didn’t get much sleep that night as there was no bricks and mortar accommodation available, so we had to camp, luckily the campground had a pool. But when we went to try and sleep the ground was radiating an incredible amount of heat that it made sleeping nearly impossible. It was with great relief for me that 4.30am came, it was time to get up and do some photographing.


So here I was on the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, 500 metres from the vehicle, the temperature was actually quite comfortable and the light was starting to get good, it was time to get to work. After spending two hours photographing, I decided to call it a morning and headed back to the vehicle, I could feel the heat hot on my tail, the temperature was rising again.

  • "The One" Fine Art Portfolio

    “The One“ Fine Art Portfolio imagery has an edition size of one, there is only one hand signed print in existence. The image can be reproduced in my Gift Collection product range, but no larger than a 10 x 10inch surface area in size. Gift Collection products, such as the Fine Art Mini print, actively promote the existence of ”The One” imagery and help increase their popularity and potential value. They also act as a preview for customers looking at purchasing ”The One” imagery.


    “The One” imagery is printed on the most archivally stable media at the time, but they can be reprinted onto a different media or to a different size, at any time by the purchaser, once the current print media is destroyed, this ensures that there is only one print in existence at any one time. Being able to reprint the image at any time overcomes the issues of fading, as all artworks fade, and of accidental damage. This enables “The One” imagery to be passed down through countless generations. For further information on "The One" Fine Art Portfolio see this link below “The Different Portfolio’s”.


    If you are interested in a print media or size not available online, please contact me on the contact form below, I’m very keen to help any inquiry.


    If you would like to view a larger image just send the image code via the contact form below and I’ll have that emailed to you asap.​​​​​​​

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