Beyond their apparent simplicity, these images taken in Tierra del Fuego archipelago in Argentina, illustrate a complex relationship of attraction and repulsion to the sea.
These images pay homage to maritime navigators and explorers as well as to the indigenous populations who paid the ultimate price with their lives. The natives of the Land of Fire who had been living there for several thousand years were to be exterminated within the time span of two generations.
From a sailing point of view, facing these desolate and majestic settings between the sky and sea, the mood can swiftly change with the stroke of a whip. One cannot help but feel a sense of isolation and vanishing amidst a sublime scenery.
Fascination and fear, the loss of your loved ones and discovery of new lands along with tumultuous, severe seas and harsh weather further emphasize that feeling of loneliness while somehow exalting that of freedom.
From a reverse point of view, as the pictures were either taken from the stern (front end) or from the prow (rear) of the ship, the landscapes are either heralding some muffled threat or some life taken, some virgin lands soon to be or already raped or perhaps, beckoning a call to freedom. For maritime navigators, explorers to indigenous people and many the sea front has become war front.
The panoramics presented here are made of large format wide-angle photos. The images were shot wide-angle and assembled giving a panoramic view rich with detail and depth. Image sizes range from 17”/53” to 17”/116”. Feeling genuinely humbled, the photographer no longer attempts to make the landscape fit into a preset frame but rather allows the landscape to impose its own dimensions.