Located on the south-western coast of Africa, the Republic of Namibia boasts some of the most stunning natural beauty in the world. Home to the perfect mix of landscapes, the country’s west coast faces out to the crashing Atlantic, while inland you’ll find some absolutely incredible desert terrain.
It was while passing through this otherworldly landscape that photographer Helin Bereket began capturing a captivating series of shots. Titled ‘Lonely Signposts’, the images highlight both the beauty and enormity of the country’s magical deserts. “I added Namibia to my bucket list after I saw photos of some amazing locations like Deadvlei, Kolmanskop, Walvis Bay and Capecross Seal Reserve,” Helin tells Lonely Planet. “Plus, deserts are my favourite landscapes, and Namibia has the oldest desert in the world, the Namib.”
Journeying through this unusual countryside, the signposts began to stand out to Helin. “I didn’t plan to create this series,” she says. “It was a spontaneous idea. During my two-and-a-half week road trip of 2500 miles on the co-driver’s seat through Namibia, I had enough time to notice the road signs along the way. I liked the contrast between the endless deserted landscapes and the road signs as a symbol of civilization, and I liked how they appeared like foreign bodies in their surroundings. When I went back to Berlin, I went through my photos and saw that I photographed enough road signs to create a series.”
Aside from its distinctive sandy terrain, the country has lots more to offer. “Namibia is a heaven for photographers and travel enthusiasts,” says Helin. “There’s Walvis Bay full of flamingos, wildlife in Etosha National Park, Cape Cross Seal Reserve, Swakopmund and the surrounding area to see the point where desert meets ocean. One day, I will definitely go back and explore other parts of the country.”