“Solitude” creates an uneasy calm when viewing this beautiful, but almost haunting series of images in the desert areas surrounding Al Ain. “I wanted to capture a sense of beginning”, says Glenister. “There is something incredibly peaceful about the desert. It is alive, but at the same time, it is surely one of the most still quiet natural landscapes in the world”?
He goes on to point out that while the UAE has been populated for at last five millennia, he has captured a senses of how the area has appeared for the majority of the time. “It’s really in the last two centuries that we have seen an explosion of the human population”. When asked what prompted him to make this series, Glenister explains that he has repeatedly journeyed to the desert as a form of escape from the fast pace of life in the UAE. Each visit has been a kind of therapy, a chance to recharge, and provides an opportunity to consider.
Perhaps the repeated use of a single tree against the beautiful desert-scape is in a way a metaphor for his only lonely presence in this vast landscape?