Who knew dust could be so interesting to take photos of? Actually, its something I have wanted to try and capture for a while, the essence of those tiny specks of dust floating about in a ray of light and had just such an opportunity yesterday while staying with my brother in Memphis. I took some obvious liberties with the color which is something I don’t do too often but I tried to do it tastefully. Im pretty happy with the way they came out, hope you enjoy them as a desktop as much as I had fun trying to shoot thousands of dust particles floating through the air.

To download these images simply CLICK OR RIGHT CLICK HERE to download the attached zip file. Inside you will find all of the images above in a nice wallpaper size that should work for most anyone as well as the terms of use which in essence state that these are for your personal use only and can not be used in any sort of commercial sense outside that of your personal desktop wallpaper. Thanks for visiting and ENJOY!


  1. thedoo - January 14, 2010 at 5:17 pm


  2. nym - January 14, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    wonderful and very ambient…i like them :)

  3. Renan - January 14, 2010 at 9:54 pm


    I am from Brazil and loved your work!

    Keep Walking

  4. Veronica - January 15, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Brilliant shots!

  5. Alex - January 15, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Unbelievable. Love it!

  6. Fidibus Kron - January 19, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I don’t comment on websites very often, but this time I couldn’t leave without doing so.

    Your photos are awesome, and your wallpapers are brilliant to use, they really create a fantastic atmosphere, I just downloaded dozens of them. Thank you very much to make them available for downloading!

    Greets from Germany

  7. Cow.Milker - January 20, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Wow man that’s awesome !

  8. sunhead - January 22, 2010 at 10:53 am

    love all the new desktops!! :) happy early FBD too :)

  9. Lindsay - January 25, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Your photo’s give me more joy then the birth of my son. Keep it up.

  10. Lars - January 30, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I really like the feeling I’m getting from these pictures – they feel like a lazy day =)

    Thank you!

  11. Jonathan - February 13, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Love the dust. Just made it my new desktop! Thanks.

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    me likes!

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  17. dafmat71 - January 11, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Really nice, THX a lot!! ;)

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  19. Morris - May 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Love these Photos, really fantstic job! Thanks for shraring your work! :)

  20. shokoufeh - September 3, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    i like that!dream

  21. Gigi - December 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Regali di Dicembre ,punti gratis che puoi cambiare con Iphone 4s,Samsung Galaxy S II,Nokia E5 e tanti altri.. solo su superpunti.info/

  22. Scarlett - January 31, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Can I use one of these images in my school project? It’s my video only used in English class, nothing else.

  23. John Carey - January 31, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    I don’t mind for this type of simple use. Thank you for asking! Anyone else out here curious about using an image for an alternative use simply write me at fiftyfootshadows at gmail. Thanks!

  24. kro - March 17, 2017 at 8:00 am

    I was so surprised that the photo is so beautiful. The photo I’m looking for is obvious. I would like to use this photo in cartoon. I have been thinking for years. You do not like commercial use, but I like this photo very much. I want to use it for my manga. It is not yet commercial, but it will be a commercial cartoon. Can you use cool photos in manga?

  25. kro - March 17, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Although you mentioned that you don’t want it to be used commercially,

  26. kro - March 17, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Because I really need it, I use translator and comment.

  27. John Carey - March 17, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Thank you for asking kro, I sent you an email to get more details. If you can, reply there, thanks!

  28. Robert Truijen - September 30, 2017 at 1:42 am

    Greetings John!

    My name is Robert and I wanted to inquire about using your gold dust particle image for commercial use. I am designing a CD cover for a small indy artist and we’d very much like to use the dust effect you captured for some cool effects in the background. I have scoured the web and your image reigns supreme as far as dust effects go.

    If you could let me know what your rates are and terms would be, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you John!

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