Travel

A Single Road: a series on the world’s most spectacular roads

Photographer Alina Rudya fulfilled a life-long dream by winding along “Artist’s Drive” in Death Valley National Park and taking in the breathtaking scenery on her way to the Burning Man Festival.

Interviewer
Hendrik Lakeberg
Photo
Alina Rudya

As we entered infamous Death Valley, the heat warning signs were the first thing I noticed. But I didn’t realise how hot it actually was on that particular day till I got out of the air-conditioned car. It was 47° Celsius (117°F), a searing heat the likes of which I had never experienced before. I was on a road trip with my boyfriend through the US states of California, Utah, Arizona and Nevada. At the end of our trip we, went to the Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert. On our way there, we were determined to take “Artist’s Drive” in Death Valley National Park, a road that winds through rock formations in a stunning display of colour. We were the only people there.

My dream came true, and in this photo it looks exactly as I’d always imagined it.

It was 47° Celsius (117°F), a searing heat the likes of which I had never experienced before.

It was late afternoon and the sun was already casting long shadows. At some point, I looked through the rear window at the view behind us and saw this mountain range towering above the twisting road. We stopped and I took this photo. I had been dreaming of a road trip through the USA for a long time. My dream came true, and in this photo it looks exactly as I’d always imagined it.

Alina Rudya was born in Ukraine and currently lives in Berlin, where she works as a photographer specialising in travel and portraits.

07/28/2017