Chile's Water

For Chile’s Water Anja de Jong took her cameras to the extremely arid far north of Chile.
This Norte Grande area consists of the low coastal range and the High Andes separated by the central plains. These plains are rich in ores and minerals and hence the Atacama Desert and the surrounding pampas have been thoroughly explored and exploited for centuries despite their extreme climates.

In this bleak landscape De Jong searched for water and probed the use of this commodity that is both life-giving and economically important.

On the one hand she approached this landscape in her usual inquiring, concentrated and contemplative way with large format black-and-white pictures; on the other hand she captured her surroundings with the colourful snap-shot look of an inquisitive tourist or casual passer-by in digital files.