The stunning other-worldly beauty of the world’s deserts captured in a series of mesmerising fine-art pictures
- Italian photographer Luca Tombolini has travelled to the world’s most eye-catching and unusual deserts
- His eye-popping images highlight that deserts don’t have to look like classic Lawrence of Arabia scenes
- He told MailOnline Travel: ‘I definitely feel a sense of magic in the desert, being where no one else is’
They’re deserts – but seen here in fine-art style.
Italian photographer Luca Tombolini, who lives between Paris and Milan, has travelled to some of the world’s most eye-catching and unusual deserts to capture these mesmerising images.
What’s striking are that his pictures underscore how deserts don’t necessarily look like classic Lawrence of Arabia scenes.
Within Luca’s eye-popping series is a picture of a starry scene in Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area in Arizona, a barren landscape in Fuerteventura and a volcanic desert in Iceland.
The 40-year-old told MailOnline Travel: ‘I definitely feel a sense of magic in the desert, being where no one else is. On top of that, since my unconscious attraction is for simplicity and pureness, the shapes of a barren landscape are almost hypnotic to my eyes.’
Luca captured this starry scene in the arid Colorado Plateau region of Arizona’s Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area
This amazing image shows rock formations in Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. Luca said: ‘I definitely feel a sense of magic in the desert, being where no one else is’
Luca said: Since my unconscious attraction is for simplicity and pureness, the shapes of a barren landscape are almost hypnotic to my eyes.’ Pictured is the Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico
The Mars-like qualities of Fuerteventura in Spain’s Canary Islands are readily apparent in this mesmerising image
Luca has spent the past eight years travelling the globe, exploring deserts. Pictured is Fuerteventura in all its barren glory
Luca spends both day and night in the deserts he photographs to make sure he captures every aspect of their other-worldliness. Pictured here are strange rocks in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area in Arizona
The Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area, pictured, is known for its broad plateaus and deep canyons
This hypnotic scene was captured by Luca at Erg Chebbi in Morocco. It is one of several ergs in Morocco. An erg is a vast sea of dunes formed by wind-blown sand
Luca said: ‘Every place I’ve visited has its own serendipity but the first time I slept between the Moroccan dunes by myself in my recently bought fourth-hand 4×4 felt really special.’ Pictured is Erg Chebbi, Morocco
Many tourists visit Morocco to visit the ergs such as Erg Chebbi, pictured. Here dunes can rise to 492ft (150 metres) in height
Luca captured this incredible landscape in Landmannalaugar – a volcanic desert located in Iceland
Landmannalaugar, pictured, is a geothermal oasis within Iceland’s Fjallabak Nature Reserve
Luca shot this striking image in White Sands National Park in New Mexico, which is 275 square miles of desert
White Sands National Park, pictured, is named after what it’s best known for… white sand