The desert fox.
He's travelled the Sahara, the Atacama and even Antarctica. Photographer and geographer Michael Martin is in his element in places where you almost never see another human face.
Michael Martin travelled to the desert for the first time at the age of 17. He rode his moped to Morocco, looked out over the vast expanse of the desert, and was captivated for life. Since then, he has spent most of his time on brilliant beige sand beneath the deep blue sky. He lives rough here, holding out for the right moment to press the shutter.
Michael Martin doesn't see much difference between hunting and taking photographs. Every shot has to be a bullseye. Even if he has to wait hours or days. "Sometimes we had to wait in the car for up to five hours until my father finally had that ONE shot", says Michael Martin's son, who accompanies his dad on some of his expeditions.
Martin has a degree in geography. The Munich native has unparalleled knowledge of the world's desert regions thanks to his travel. He shares this knowledge in his books and presentations and is also a popular speaker at global climate change conferences.
When you seek out adventure in the desert like Michael Martin does, you have to be prepared for frostbite on your nose, bitter cold and raging sand storms. "I've been in many dangerous situations on my trips; only afterwards did I realise how lucky I had been", he says.
Riding through the desert on a motorcycle doesn't sound easy, and it's definitely not. "I've taken many spills", admits Michael Martin. But he always climbed right back on and kept riding. That's what's made him a pro.
Michael Martin has given over 2,000 presentations. He's often called the "King of the Slideshow". His experiences come to life as soon as he starts telling his desert stories to captivated listeners, who are transported to the most inhospitable regions of the earth.