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ANECDOTE

AnecdoteMalteste never hesitates to follow adventure to the end of the trail in his search for the sublime, wherever it's to be found. To this end, he deploys whatever means are at his disposal, whether hopping on a plane or hiking through the bush for hours in order to reach his goal.

With this in mind, he loves to tell the exciting story of his adventure in Page, near Sedona, a four hour trip into Upper Antelope Canyon, the name given to one of the most visited slot canyons in the world.

“For many years, I'd heard about this unique location. Discovered in 1900 by a young Navajo girl, Upper Antelope Canyon is by far one of the most spectacular slot canyons to be found in the American southwest, and indeed the world. Before my departure from Sedona, my research had allowed me to scope out any potential pitfalls that would be waiting for me in my quest to capture my photographic images. The following points had to be taken seriously into consideration: the best time of year for taking pictures is May; the ideal time to take pictures is between 11am and 1pm; it is necessary to be accompanied by a Navajo guide; sand-storms are a distinct possibility; and finally, the tourist demand is enormous.

Of all these constraints, only the last I deemed unacceptable. How could I take beautiful photographs if the location was full of tourists; that was my dilemma. I made the decision to go there myself and scout the location, my goal being to take photos completely free of any traces of human presence in the landscape. This dream obsessed me. I wanted it at all costs. Arriving at the location, I made contact with a young Navajo; she set me up with two men from the area who agreed to accompany me. These two guides knew the place like the back of their hand, allowing me to take lots of pictures away from the hordes of tourists, and whenever possible, halted the circulation of visitors during the shoot.

I was so thrilled and nervous I was anxious I wouldn't use my equipment properly. Adrenaline can really push you to your limit! Happily, the beautiful images I captured were extremely satisfying. My photos of the Upper Antelope Canyon are unique and my pains were largely rewarded.

I have a particularly profound memory from this expedition, captured in the photograph Moment de grâce: like a golden pistil, a shaft of light penetrated right into the heart of this haunting rock-flower's steep crevice... one hundred and thirty feet deep. A moment of pure beauty!

When I think back on this experience, I am reminded of the beauty of our planet, and how happy I am to have the chance to discover and shared it in its finest moments.” 

 

 

Slot canyon = A canyon where the sides of the crevices are sometimes so close it is possible to walk across them.