Volcanic eruption | Chaiten Patagonia
Chaitén, in southern Chilean Patagonia, is one of the most remote
areas of Chile. Until recently, the only way to get there was by boat, which takes 12 hours to arrive and only once a week, or up to once a month in winter weather permitting.
Chaitén was hit by a series of volcanic eruptions in February 2008. Hours before the volcanic eruption succumbed to an avalanche of ash and volcanic material that engulfed most of the town, the military forcibly evacuated the people, forcing them to leave all their belongings behind. This action saved the lives of more than 400 people.
The images show the unique nature between beauty and tragedy represented by loneliness, isolation and its impact on the lives of people in one of the southernmost regions of the world. We follow a people through the destroyed, but also romantic landscapes and see this as a contribution to the understanding of a people who refuse to leave their land. As a former resident, I feel a great need to represent this part of my identity as well.