In the heart of the mythical Elqui Valley in Pisco, surrounded by the Andes Mountains, 500km north of Santiago in central Chile, lies a magical place that allows for star-spangled dreams beneath the clear pure sky. Combining stargazing and specialized astronomic tours with night-time horseback riding, meditation and even tarot readings, Elqui Domos is a hotel quite like no other.
It was completed in 2005 to fulfil its owners’ desire to observe and enjoy the grandeur of the one of the world’s most star-filled skies. It is one of only seven astronomic hotels around the world and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere, offering breathtaking views of the magic skies draped over the Elqui Valley (the valley is renowned for its sharp, clear skies, as it happens to sit under one of the clearest atmospheres in the world). The lack of rain and pleasant weather all year round set the perfect conditions for astronomic tourism, where guests can gather to enjoy a unique chance to liaise with the stars.
look Caro!, chile,
Reactions of people (age 17-70) photography while listening to audio files on abuse coming from inside the final piece (meaning here) of my project. Since a lot of my main work in this project has been based on reactions and stories on a blogging platform, I decided the perfect way to end this project would be to use people reactions once more. The piece was placed in places where the subjects felt comfortable enough to let their own emotions out and was quiet enough for them to truly concentrate. Not everyone in this photoset has been effected directly by rape culture- until now when they have sat through 30 minutes of it, 30 minutes of hell in a spoken word format. As can been seen, emotions ran quite high throughout the listening process, with one subject even trying to hide his tears from the camera. The general idea of this was to not only create powerful photos, but to raise awareness of what many people look over and choose not to spend a minute of their day thinking of- let alone half an hour.
I took a 7 week coast to coast road trip after being laid off from Boeing. I didn’t have a camper but realized that being able to pull off the road at a rest or truck stop was the way to go to make the trip affordable. With a few sheets of 1/2” plywood and misc. hardware this is what I came up with. The effort was well worth the time and materials.