cristobal olivares

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South by the sea
Location: Santiago,Chile
Nationality: Chilean
Biography: Cristóbal Olivares (Santiago, Chile 1988) is a documentary photographer with special interest in social affairs. He is the Co-founder of   Buen Lugar Ediciones an independent editorial initiative that publish books and zines of... read on
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South by the sea
Credits: cristobal olivares
Date of Work: 02/10/19 - 02/28/17
Updated: 03/22/20
Location: Patagonia
South by the sea

The Strait of Magellan is a maritime passageway located at the extreme southern tip of South America, between Patagonia and the big island of Tierra del Fuego. Thus, it is the main natural passageway between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Ferdinand Magellan a Portuguese explorer and navigator in the service of Charles I of Spain, became the first European to navigate the strait in 1520 during his global circumnavigation voyage.Until the Panama Canal opened in 1914, the Strait of Magellan was the main route for steamships traveling from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. Nowadays this whole area, specially the Patagonia remains as one of the most pristine waters in the world, but highly threatened by the fishing industry that is now settling on the country's last virgin coasts, in the region of Magallanes, south of Patagonia and South west Atlantic on the Argentinian side. The expansion is taking place without scientific evidence or serious studies to limit production to water capacity. This could have catastrophic consequences for local ecosystems, which are part of one of the greatest aquifer reserves of the world.
These photographs were taken during sailings from the Port of Coquimbo to the Strait of Magellan in Chile concluding with disembarkation at Puerto Madryn, located northeast of the Province of Chubut, Argentina. Also, from Montevideo in Uruguay to the south again.  Trips were made in Dec.2015, Feb 2017 & Nov 2019.

Al sur por el mar

El Estrecho de Magallanes es un paso marítimo situado en el extremo sur de Sudamérica, entre la Patagonia y la gran isla de Tierra del Fuego. Es el principal paso natural entre los océanos Pacífico y Atlántico. Fernando de Magallanes, explorador y navegante portugués al servicio de Carlos I de España, fue el primer europeo que navegó por el estrecho en 1520 durante su viaje de circunnavegación mundial. Hasta la apertura del Canal de Panamá en 1914, el Estrecho de Magallanes era la principal ruta para los barcos de vapor que viajaban del Atlántico al Pacífico. Hoy en día toda esta zona, especialmente la Patagonia, sigue siendo una de las aguas más prístinas del mundo, pero muy amenazada por la industria pesquera que se está instalando en las últimas costas vírgenes del país, en la región de Magallanes, al sur de la Patagonia y en el suroeste del Atlántico en el lado argentino. La expansión se está produciendo sin pruebas científicas ni estudios serios para limitar la producción a la capacidad de agua. Esto podría tener consecuencias catastróficas para los ecosistemas locales, que forman parte de una de las mayores reservas acuíferas del mundo.
Estas fotografías fueron tomadas durante varias navegaciones desde el Puerto de Coquimbo al Estrecho de Magallanes en Chile concluyendo con el desembarco en Puerto Madryn, ubicado al noreste de la Provincia de Chubut, Argentina. También, desde Montevideo en Uruguay hacia el sur nuevamente. Los viajes fueron realizados en Dic.2015, Feb 2017 y Nov 2019.


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