The Tanezrouft Basin in the Sahara Desert is well known as one of the most desolate locations in the world, and is even known as the “land of terror” from its lack of what we rely on to survive- vegetation and water. Salt flats and sandstone hills inhabit the area, along with what remains- salt- from what little water dares to flow through the area during rain events. The pictured area is a part of the country of Algeria, where the majority of the country lies within the Sahara, and where the pictured, isolated landforms exist. In the upper right-hand corner of the photo are sand dune formations known as ergs, which take their name from the Arabic word for “dune field.”
The Sahara, as the biggest (hot) desert in the world, provides exceptional areas in which to study geological forms. Wind erosion and sediment deposition are among the most common and powerful forces in the Sahara, particularly in the Tanezrouft Basin, where complex systems of dunes and sandstone hills can give scientists an impression about wind conditions in the area in the longer term.
The satellite image was taken by a Japanese satellite in 2009, and still shows the amazing beauty and complexity that the Earth displays every day.
Faulwell was inspired by Gillo Pontecorvo’s film “The Battle of Algiers" (1966). In the movie, members of Algeria’s National Liberation Front (FLN) recruit three women to enact a terrorist attack in the French quarter of Algiers. "They recruited women because they could pass through check points without detection and would not raise suspicion when planting bombs," Faulwell explained.
Pontecorvo’s characters are based on real women: Djamila Bouhired, Zohra Drif and Hassiba Ben Bouali, all three of whom participated in the Algerian nationalist movement in the 1950s.
”In many ways these women were both victims and aggressors. They had killed civilians indiscriminately but they had also themselves been used by theie countrymen and brutally tortured by the French. They exist in a moral grey area.”
"I wanted to create a version of the ‘Les Femmes D’Alger’ series that was more applicable to modern society than the Orientalist works of the 19th and 20th century," - Faulwell (via HuffPost)