Honorable Mention / 2018 / Nature / Trees

Acacia sculptures

  • Photographer
    Konstantin Grebnev

The dead valley of Deadvlei, surrounded by the dunes of
Sossusvlei, is at the bottom of a dried-up lake and is famous for
the petrified camel acacia trees (Acacia erioloba). Now the land,
covered with a layer of salt and clay, from which the roots of trees
sticking out, as if frozen by the gusts of the wind, are part of the
surrounding lifeless landscape.
The trees in Deadvlei have more than nine hundred years.
Withered trunks of various forms the last reminder of the acacias
blossoming here once. As a result of the drought and shallowing
of the Tsaukhab River feeding the valley, the trees died and
petrified as sculptures, creating a unique landscape.

Born in 1983, lives and works in Moscow, Russia
2003 - 2008 Moscow University for the Humanities, faculty of Design and Stage Direction
2010 - 2012 The British Higher School of Art and Design, Moscow
2016 - 2017 The School of Contemporary Art Free Workshops, MMOMA

Awards 2016 Moscow International Foto Awards (honorable mention)
2016 9th Annual International Color Awards (honorable mention)
2016 9th Annual International Color Awards (nominated)
2016 Fine Art Photography Awards (nominated)
2016 Le Grand Photo International Awards (nominated)
2015 Le Grand Photo International Awards (nominated)
2015 10th Annual Black & White Spider Awards (nominated)
2013 8th Annual Black & White Spider Awards (nominated)