Harmonic Symmetry in Sands: The Mathematical Beauty of Dunes by Marek Boguszak

I love sand dunes. Maybe it is because of my background in mathematics that I like these perfect harmonious shapes and lines so much. They are almost like mathematical equations presented to us by nature. Such perfect proportions, not touched by human hand, are difficult to find anywhere else. And when a spectrum of light starts playing on the ideal shapes, a special kind of performance begins.

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I love sand dunes. Maybe it is because of my background in mathematics that I like these perfect harmonious shapes and lines so much. They are almost like mathematical equations presented to us by nature.

Such perfect proportions, not touched by human hand, are difficult to find anywhere else. And when a spectrum of light starts playing on the ideal shapes, a special kind of performance begins. Shooting digital photography of sand dunes has brought us to a rare world of magnanimous and dignified calmness. Our sight is hardly compromised by other senses; all distractions of our reality disappear, all defects, all noises are no more. Being there is an abstraction from the continuous entropy of life, resulting in a simple and clean harmony.

Sand dunes were created by obeying the laws of physics, their geometrical shapes, smooth and perfect, are a visible representation of an almost flawless balance, and without visible traces of any kind of life, they become themselves a pure form, filled in with sunshine. Gravitation, wind, and light constantly generate endless variations of curves, textures, and colors.

When looking at photography of sand dunes, one can read it in a figurative way as a beautiful landscape. The other way is to interpret it with a mind in abstract mode as one of thousands of presentations of Newton’s laws. Using this second path, we play with this manifestation through plentiful crops, perspectives and colors until the hint of new resonance, a new meaning, unrelated to the subject of dunes presents itself.

As the recognizable world dissolves in abstraction, the image comes to work on one’s mind like a fragrance or a piece of music, eluding rational understanding and revealing itself fully only as a feeling.

We have learned to look for a glimpse of harmony wherever available and however fleeting. They keep us moving, believing and going further when things get tough, since the changes we hope for, whether in culture, politics, or private life, seldom come as fast and easily as one’d wish.

About Marek Boguszak

Photographer Marek Boguszak was born and still lives in Prague. Photography has been his great passion since his teens. He received his first camera at the age of twelve when he started to experiment with photography. He practiced all phases of analog photography – from shooting through darkroom development procedures up to his own mating and framing. He was greatly influenced by the aesthetics of photographers such Josef Sudek, Jaromir Funke, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Ansel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz.

Over the last decades, Marek—a photographer for more than 40 years—has shifted his photographic technique from manual analog B&W to digital color photography. With his wife, Magda, they have established a unique visual vocabulary by designing abstract artifacts in the last few years. Today, the duo creates and acts together as Boguszak, exhibiting and selling award-winning photography worldwide.

The pair created a unique photography body of work from their journeys in Death Valley and Abu Dhabi  deserts. The Boguszak’s sophisticated image processing images highlights colorful shapes and pure lines with breathtaking harmony.

Boguszak have presented solo exhibitions at international venues in Zurich (CH), Bern (CH), Campione (IT), London (UK), and Prague (CZ) and many group exhibitions across Europe and the USA. Their works are in private collections in Czechia, Switzerland, Spain, Abu Dhabi (UAE), and USA. They are the recipient of many awards including 20th and 19th Pollux Awards (2023), RPS IPE shortlist (2023), TIFA (2022, 2021, 2020), APA (2022, 2021, 2020), IPA (2023, 2022, 2021, 2020), Px3 (2022, 2021, 2020), ND Awards (2022, 2021), FAPA (2022, 2021, 2020), NYC4PA (2023, 2021), BIFA (2022, 2021), Art Gemini Prize shortlist (2022, 2021). [Official Website]

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