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Natur-e

 

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach”  

Walden, Henry David Thoreau

The pandemic surprised us as we travelled - together with my daughter - through Argentine Patagonia. We decided to not return to the city and to live in the mountains during the quarantine. We exchanged our comfortable home in Buenos Aires for a tiny house in the woods. We lived there for nine months and we went through the harsh Patagonian winter. Lara made his third-grade school with a slow Internet connection and no video. 

 

There was a sharp contrast between what people lived in cities because of global confinement, with our freedom and the motivations of living in nature. This made me think about a new digitalised nature, a pixelated nature seen through screens.

 

With the arrival of winter and rains, I photographed with fire. I assembled a three-meter long torch to illuminate different scenarios. It was -literally a heavy burning iron cross that I carried through the woods and snow. I used fire as a metaphor for burning the old normal. Fire is necessary for Patagonia to warm up houses and burn the pruning. But with summer and drought, fire becomes the major enemy for this territory. Nothing can stop the power of wildfires except rain. I photographed wildfires that burned thousands of hectares of native forest. As if they were two sides of the same coin, the fires of Patagonia are at the same time the most necessary and the most feared power.

 

This is the visual diary of those months together with Lara, where we forged a close relationship with nature and animals. They were months of unparalleled creative expansion for us and we drew and write nonstop. We also reap apples, cook mushrooms and we ran hares, but we could never reach them. Natur-e shows our adaptation to this unfamiliar territory through intimate photographs created during isolated nights in the woods. The images are altered by the irruption of fire, the colour, and words from a digital vocabulary. written with flashlights in the air.