PAUL ANDREW DUNKER

Firm supporter of the oxford comma.
THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT // Life in New Mexico
In the beginning of June, Emma and I moved from a soggy seaside island on the coast of South Carolina to the dry, rocky high desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The scenery is different, to say the least!
I have been working on a new series, but I am still finding time to hike and explore the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, which rise up to the east behind our apartment.
The Sandia mountains reach a height of 10,678’ (3254.65 meters). We live in the Northeast Heights, in the High Desert community, which is around 6500’. With the mountains directly in front of our apartment, we get to witness so truly spectacular weather.
As winds push against the east side of the mountains, the warm air from the flat desert gets pushed up against the cool air at the top of the mountains. This creates some spectacular clouds that roll like chopping waves along the upper edge of the mountains.
I am really excited to see what winter brings-the sparse desert landscape against the red and gray rock, dusted in fresh white snow, with all of the drama of a stormy mountaintop as a backdrop should provide some amazing photographic opportunities!
Shot on a Nikon D610, with a Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 lens at ISO100, F11, and 1/500th shutter speed.

THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT // Life in New Mexico

In the beginning of June, Emma and I moved from a soggy seaside island on the coast of South Carolina to the dry, rocky high desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The scenery is different, to say the least!

I have been working on a new series, but I am still finding time to hike and explore the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, which rise up to the east behind our apartment.

The Sandia mountains reach a height of 10,678’ (3254.65 meters). We live in the Northeast Heights, in the¬†High¬†Desert community, which is around 6500’. With the mountains directly in front of our apartment, we get to witness so truly spectacular weather.

As winds push against the east side of the mountains, the warm air from the flat desert gets pushed up against the cool air at the top of the mountains. This creates some spectacular clouds that roll like chopping waves along the upper edge of the mountains.

I am really excited to see what winter brings-the sparse desert landscape against the red and gray rock, dusted in fresh white snow, with all of the drama of a stormy mountaintop as a backdrop should provide some amazing photographic opportunities!

Shot on a Nikon D610, with a Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 lens at ISO100, F11, and 1/500th shutter speed.

STRAND // BRITTANY, FR

The coast of Brittany, France is absolutely incredible. On the western coast of the country, the cold Atlantic ocean meets tall, rocky cliffs that give way to fields of wildflowers and dense forests.

The rocks along the coast are particularly beautiful. Made up of layer after layer of granite left behind by periods of intense volcanic activity, the diagonal sheets of granite have been worn by thousands of years of waves, wind and sand. Beautiful gold, green, and white splashes of moss provide a pop of color against the gray and black granite.

I love shooting this series around the world. Each beach is completely different, providing a new challenge, a new inspiration. Brittany has been by far the most challenging, and most rewarding, yet.