Lonely Planet Writer

Check out these stunning shots of the Namibian desert’s ‘lonely signposts’

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.

'Lonely signposts' in the Namibian desert
Helin captured a series of ‘lonely signposts’. Photo by: Helin Bereket

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.”

Photographer snaps the 'lonely planets' of Namibia
“I liked the contrast between the desert and road signs”, she says. Photo by: Helin Bereket

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.”

'Lonely Sign' in the Namibian desert
Namibia is home to the world’s oldest desert. Photo by: Helin Bereket

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.”