How can anyone not fall in love with Sinai? Its allure is legendary because of Sinai's spectacular landscapes, elusive wildlife, amazing people, and unique geopolitical history, and religious significance. I fell in love with Sinai's deserts during my first visit at around the age of 16.
After I graduated from college, I figured out that the best way to spend extended time in Sinai's desert, was to go to graduate school. I initially pursued a Master's degree in Ecology, but I enjoyed the desert so much, graduate school turned into a PhD. I lived in Sinai for over a year, which was some of the best years of my life. It was during this time that I started taking photography seriously. I started my mornings off by hiking and taking photographs, similar to people who start their mornings off by jogging.
My background as a scientist, allowed me to have an unique insight into the ecological processes, fauna, and flora of Sinai. Photography in turn made me a better scientist by allowing me to see the desert in abstract terms and communicate my love of Sinai and its vulnerability to a broader audience.
The book was the product of over 13 years of visits in the sand dunes of North Sinai and the mountains of South Sinai. Some of the photographs were taken on field trips, backpacking trips as long as 170 km and camping trips consisting of several weeks to seek out and photograph rare wildlife, storms, and amazing sunsets. As the publisher says "Sinai: Landscape and Nature in Egypt's Wilderness transports us to the haunting grandeur of this peninsula with 150 breathtaking full-color photographs."
The book is available from major online sellers such as Barnes and Noble and Amazon and available in Egypt from the AUC Press bookstore and Diwan.