Evening twilight ushers in the subtle muting of the persistent daytime light. The bright sky gives way to softer tones of orange and pink, faint purple turns eventually to darker hues that foretell complete darkness. Striking against the changing canvas stand the sand dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia. At first glimpse, these giants appear overwhelming, impenetrable. However, as one remains in their presence the story of their formation sweeps away any notion of stability. Much as an orchestra brings together the disparate elements of woodwinds, brass, strings, and percussion to produce complete melodies and harmonies so too do the forces of nature come together to create these incredible formations.
San Antonio based photographer Aubra Franklin has spent the past decade traveling the world in pursuit of magical moments, a spectacular sensation he calls soul light. His majestic images of landscapes are not only the result of perfect timing, exotic locales, and expert compositions, but reveal the photographer’s keen sense of space and depth. As a professionally trained architect, Aubra sees beyond flora and fauna in a beautiful landscape. Thirty years of experience designing and building have informed his distinct perspective on natural phenomena and epic destinations. As a student he became engrossed in architectural photography and over the years gradually expanded his repertoire beyond illustrious monuments and celebrated buildings to include images of magnificent seascapes and idyllic woodlands. Much like an architect meticulously visualizes his design long before pencil is put to paper, Aubra visualizes how a particular sight and feeling will appear on a print, to capture billowing clouds and towering canyons. Through his lens a grove of flowering trees becomes a collection of grandiose columns and cornices. Aubra’s diverse portfolio ranges from photographs of remote Croatian waterfalls to the soaring Maroon Bells Mountains. His travels have allowed him to capture the serendipity of a perfect sunrise in Utah’s Canyonlands, and the serenity of ships at sea near the Galapagos Islands. Each trip provides viewers with the opportunity to witness Aubra’s vision of landscapes as natural architecture and to experience the mysterious wonders of nature.