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The Mountain Keeper by Omar Gazar

The Sinai Mountains are known to evoke a sense of mysticism and introspection in those who visit, and for photographer Omar Gazar, this moment serves as proof. In his own words, he provides us with an intimate opinion on what the setting of this photo means to him.

“The mountains and deserts are where we come from. Being in the heart of nature is the only way for us to feel our true selves, stripped from social laws and order, stripped from ego and pride and stripped from a reality that is far from real.

On our way down from a hike to the summit of Mount Sinai we stopped at this place. It was already a long day for everyone, and we wanted to catch our breath, but I had mine taken away just seconds later when I looked up and witnessed the magical moment of a keeper packing up and ending his day. No photographs were going to capture the calmness, the energy or the beauty of the nature embracing it. This is a moment that was bigger than me and my camera, it was a genuine moment in its purest form. I will always feel lucky to have had the chance to be part of it and capture it”.

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