Simpson Desert – Surface Surveys



Simpson Desert – Australia

Protected as an Australian Conservation Park in 1972.

Spanning 68,000 square miles in Australia’s ‘red center,’ the Simpson Desert is distinguished as the world’s largest sand desert with the longest parallel sand dunes. Extending over 90 miles, the dunes display a spectrum of color from vivid red to white.

The desert’s genesis can be traced back to 270 million years ago, initiated by the melting of regional glaciers. Approximately 1.8 million years ago, climatic shifts led to the desertification of the area, resulting in its current arid landscape

For thousands of generations, Aboriginal communities have stewarded the desert’s terrain and water sources. While no modern roads traverse the desert, ancient song lines serve as geographical guides today, and assist the Wangkangurru Yarluyandi people in navigating its challenging landscape.

Simpson Desert is one of six individual studies of protected desert physiographies titled, Surface Surveys. Each survey embodies the planet’s natural, essential expression, and underscores the ethereal nature of wild lands in our current, anthropocentric age.

Simpson Desert is comprised of 19 aerial photographs captured with medium format Leica camera equipment.