The Galápagos Reimagined, 2009
The Archipiélago de Colón, Ecuador, or the Galápagos Islands, is a very diverse group of islands formed by volcanic activity. Filled with many unique species and harsh landscapes, they are magnificent. Since Charles Darwin’s exploration in 1835, they have been the most studied group of islands by scientists worldwide.
While travelling there in 2009, I was captivated by the primordial feel of the landscape that still exists today. I felt as if I had stepped back in time. Yet in contrast, animals like: birds, seals and reptiles show total lack of fear to humans.
In printing these images I used a split-tone effect to portray this experience. I digitally changed the colors in these images, using indigo for the darks and sand for the highlights. This gives the image a vintage look, yet different from traditional black and white. I chose to use no glass and a Japanese mulberry paper to give the images a softer, painterly feel.Type your paragraph here.