The photography world was abuzz this week with the announcement that photographer Peter Lik sold a photograph for a record $6.5 million. The black and white photo titled "Phantom" was made in the Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona. The Antelope Canyon is a popular destination for nature lovers and photographers alike. I visited the Antelope Canyon in 2011. I remember walking through the canyon at the exact spot where Lik made his photo. However, at the time that spot was filled with tourists snapping photos and tour guides throwing sand into the air exclaiming "take a picture of this!" The guides would pitch the sand into the sun's rays and duck behind the canyon wall to conceal themselves. I suspect that's how Lik made his photo. It's a beautiful photo. But to escape this type of Disney Land nature tourism I walked deeper into the canyon to get away from the crowd at that prime spot. I found a few serene spots and made what are, I hope, some photos unlike any others. If you would like to see them check them out here. And they don't cost $6.5 million.
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
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