I traveled to Bolivia with my friend Maryse to visit our mutual friends, Magaly and Curt who were living in La Pas for several years.
For two weeks we traveled the lake district of Patagonia with Road Scholar, as far south as Trelew, Argentina (a Welsh settlement) beginning in Santiago, Chile. Patagonia was an enigma to me as a photographer where I often found myself on endless bus rides with camera firing away through unclean windows, searching for "the culture" of this place. What I realized deep into the trip was the desert with vast vistas of scrub and the out lying mountain ranges make up what we call Patagonia long before one ever lays eyes upon any ice. Chile and Argentina were largely settled by immigrants from Europe, arriving and establishing communities throughout this portion of Patagonia, with their own distinct cultural and customs from their homelands. Patagonia culture is the land comprised of mountains, lakes and desert , shared by many diverse groups of colonizers.