At over 12,000 feet above sea level in the arid highlands of southern Bolivia, exists an area where the crust of the salty earth presses into the dome of the sky. This high altitude gives rise to an inhospitable environment seemingly devoid of life. However, it is this very climate that exerts an ever-changing influence on the stark landscape and drives otherworldly life forms to adapt and thrive. Ultimately these elements coalesce to generate the surreal beauty found in this unique environment, one both rich in natural history and little understood.
Though recently this area has become increasingly visible to the world for underlying lithium deposits residing under the Salar de Uyuni or salt flats, which comprise a vast area of this landscape. It is estimated that these reserves comprise of 60-70% of the world’s store in lithium. We have the privilege now to see this place virtually undisturbed. How will the prospect of these resources manifest in the poorest country in South America and this endemic environment?
* handmade book with archival pigment based prints on vellum resting on a plexi glass lightbox, (edition of 2)
book unfolded: 6" x 8" x 38"