The Barely Inhabited Landscapes of Atacama, from 1999 to 2011
Empty as it might seem, any landscape speaks of the presence, perhaps not evident, of a human being, animal or thing. Simple footprints, or a shadow, an object or a part of a body may suggest this presence. Its author will also inhabit the photographed space. His look was included when he took the photograph. Some times, his own shadow in the photograph ensures him being part of that world that he has represented. Later on, this landscape will be inhabited by the viewer.
These images always reveal some small-animated detail, something that awakens the observer’s attention, a key to curiosity, or an exit from a space of emptiness. In this kind of landscape a small detail is crucial, a person, an animal, a cloud, a footprint or a shadow catches the viewer’s eye inviting him into the picture. It is, as if the figures come in search of the observer creating a virtual space between him and the image.