Bolivian Gaston Ugalde is considered one of the most important contemporary artists, and is famous for his photography and installation work, specifically those shot at the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Southern Bolivia. In our previous post on March 12th (The Salar de Uyuni: a blank canvas for the creative traveller), we displayed some of his marvelous photos that make use of the spectacular “blank canvas” that is the salt flats, and below are some more images that juxtapose the stark landscape of the flats with unique and colorful objects. The vast emptiness of the Salar de Uyuni contrasts the vibrant colors creating truly sublime images. In many of his photographs and installations during the past thirty years, Gaston has incorporated and engaged the Bolivian landscape, specifically the salt flats as seen in the images below and in our previous post, as well as traditional fabrics like the Andean blankets in some of the photos. He then transforms these landscapes and traditional materials into works of art that address modern day issues, posing universal questions of commerce, politics and spirituality.
Visiting the Salar de Uyuni is a unique experience in its own right, and you can contact Aracari today to plan an exclusive trip to Bolivia and these incredible salt flats. If you are feeling even more adventurous, you can even use this blank canvas to create your own artistic photographs – and we’d be happy to share your creative and inspiring images with all of our friends on our Facebook page! Also, read more about Aracari founder Marisol Mosquera’s recent trip to the salt flats here: Trip Report: Desert, Lagoons and the Salar de Uyuni