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    Desert Portraits

    Capturing an essence of the ancient and surreal is what drives Chiara Zonca's photography of other-worldly landscapes. Inspired by dramatic terrain and open spaces, Zonca has a deep connection with the sights that she captures. This collection, through warm, pastel tones, has been captured in the Atacama desert of Chile and the Bolivian Altiplano. Those are very extreme and harsh environments with high elevation and lack of water resources. Very few animals and plants are present due to the land's arid nature and that enhances the overall feeling of being in a deserted expanse with no sights or sounds. The images evoke a sense of immersion into the places Zonca finds herself in and of the freedom and sense of space these desolate, yet visually striking, landscapes provide. The mood of these images is not one by chance; these portray the emotional and psychological journey undertaken by the photographer to find escapism in natural architecture of the land, an element of responding to the sublime in the world around her. With a strong emphasis on form and colour palate, "Desert Portraits", explores craggy landscapes that, for Zonca, represent a moon-like kingdom on Earth. The images transport a viewer to a world wholly of its own where the isolating nature of the images magnify the sense of nature, different natural materials and escapism.
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