The photographers of Unsplash.com provided me with a great collection of photos for Shanel Wilson’s “Shadow of the Dunes,” a Sci Fi story set on the planet called The Globe. (If you have not read the story, you’ll want to read it first, as this post contains some spoilers.)
Let’s start with the logo for The Globe stories. I had to crop it quite a bit, which should probably be a crime. I committed it in international space, so I think I’m safe. But I do apologize to the artist. Then I added the text. Here is the original, unaltered photo in all its glory.
If I understand this correctly, Daniel created this beautiful image by mixing soap and oil. I’m sure it’s more complicated than that, but I’m no artist. This piece, Orbs of the Multiverse, is from his new Soap & Oil Planet series. To my eyes, it looks exactly like a planet floating in space, and I love his title for the piece. So I chose this image to represent the beautiful, blue planet of The Globe.
Jeremy Bishop captured this impossibly blue shot of dunes at Pismo Beach along the Central Coast of California in the United States. Here’s how Jeremy describes getting the shot:
“I caught last light just after sunset during the blue hour. [Only] during the right season or during a full moon does the whole place light up with a bluish and purple glow.”
Jeremy writes that he loves “supporting and inspiring creatives around the world.” So we thank him for supporting Shanel’s beautiful story with this image and supporting The Globe Folio series of Sci Fi stories by helping us represent the desert city of Westminster.
Jeremy also writes on his unsplash.com profile the following:
“My passion is the ocean and water photography, and I am striving to make an impact to save our Oceans and our Reefs!” You can support Jeremy financially at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/JeremyBishopPhoto and he is available for hire.
This photo represented Emilia’s room, which author Shanel Wilson described in this way: “Emilia moved through a kaleidoscope of colors; light refracting through each crystalline gem, flower and creature that decorated her bedroom.”
Photographer Lydia Williams captured this beautiful image of Dale Chihuly glasswork in Tacoma, Washington in the United States. The world-renowned glass artist Chihuly, who has glass art installations around the world, is a native of Tacoma. The Tacoma Art Museum has a permanent exhibit of Chihuly glass. I don’t know if Lydia shot this gorgeous, color-soaked photo at the museum or some other installation of Chihuly glass in Tacoma.
Lydia’s photos of urban, historic and “ghost” images can be found at unsplash.com/@ghostly_vancouver_tours.
I chose this crisp photo of an iris to represent the glass Mary’s Iris that Emilia had made in memory of her mother. “It was the first complete piece she made on her own. She sourced the purple manganese herself and crafted each of its petals, replicating an iris from her mother’s simple, desert garden.”
In “Shadow of the Dunes,” the iris is formed from glass. It is based on the Mary’s iris, which grows in the deserts of Israel and Egypt. And, like Emilia’s eyes, the Mary’s iris is violet. However, I could not find an image of a glass iris, much less a glass Mary’s iris.
But Pawel Czerwinski certainly captures the beauty and elegance of the iris in this beautiful photo. Pawel writes that this photo was taken in honor of the remake of Dario Argento’s movie “Suspiria.” “I can’t wait. And if you’ve seen the movie, you know the reference,” Pawel writes.
Darkness was hemming in around them . . . . Photo by Mike Yukhtenko.
Mike Yukhtenko shot this haunting dune ridge in the Arabian Desert in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Mike is a designer, researcher, and entrepreneur. You can learn more about Mike and his work at www.maicle.co.uk. You can also see more of his work at instagram.com/ya.maicle and at unsplash.com/@yamaicle.
Shooting star over dune
Massimiliano Morosinotto shot this great night sky with a shooting star over the Maspalomas Dunes on the south coast of the island of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. I just used it for a photo to add atmosphere, but if you want, you can imagine the shooting star is the “streaks of purple [that] blazed across the sky.”