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Andes – Salta Y Jujuy

When Silvia Marmori, a great Argentinian photographer offered to send photos of one of her trips to the very northwest corner of Argentina, near the Bolivian border, I got excited.
The images that she sent were great, ambitiously taken and so well conceived that it inspired me to make this production a special one. Took me quite a while, because I didn’t want to compose a regular video. It had to be special, with music that would enhance and heighten the experience rather than complement it. So… that was the starting point, from then on and after 12 edits, 2 uploads (due to encoding problems) it finally came to see the light.
I hope you enjoy watching it,

Andes Northwest – Argentina
Images taken in the Provinces of Salta & Jujuy

Silvia Marmori; Hans Koot
See more about these photographers :: http://www.LightVoyager-PhotoExpeditions.com

Mosaica by Roger Subirana
Remix by Leo Bar

Locales where photos were captured (not in precise order) 

  • Puna Catamarqueña, Laguna Blanca
  • Tafi del Valle, El Mollar
  • Quebrada de las Conchas, Cafayate
  • Cachi, Quebrada de las Flechas
  • Pucara, Tilcara
  • Iruya, Salta
  • Humahuaca
  • Salinas Grandes, Jujuy
  • Tolar Grande, Antofagasta de la Sierra


The inspiration to make a video/photo montage of this area came a long time ago.I always loved mountains when combined with desert areas. So, after much digging, research, sourcing, and looking for some collaboration, I found Noam Fein who generously released some beautiful images to me, making this project possible. Some images are from an area north of the Atacama which has more lakes and some precipitation.Music: Precious by DJ Answer at http://www.jamendo.com/en/track/99776

Also included in this project, aerial images from the Japan Aerospace Agency (JAXA) taken from satellites above the earth, so as to get a “birds-eye” view of the area while animating it as if in real flight.. There are also some paintings and images by unknown indian artists.




Additional Background, History and Information

Ecodesert Region – The Atacama Desert is a virtually rainless plateau in South America, covering a 600-mile (1,000 km) strip of land on the Pacific coast of South America, west of the Andes mountains. The Atacama desert is, according to NASA, National Geographic and many other publications, the driest desert in the world. The rain shadow on the leeward side of the Chilean Coast Range, as well as a coastal inversion layer created by the cold offshore Humboldt Current, keep this over 20 million-year-old desert 50 times drier than California’s Death Valley.

The Atacama occupies 40,600 square miles (105,000 km2) in northern Chile, composed mostly of salt basins (salares), sand, and lava flows.

The Atacama Desert ecoregion, extends from a few kilometers south of the Chile-Peru border to about 30° south latitude. To the north lies the Sechura Desert ecoregion, in Peru, while to the south is the Chilean Matorral ecoregion. The National Geographic Society considers the coastal area of southern Peru to be part of the Atacama desert, including the deserts south of the Ica Region.

To the east lies the less arid Central Andean dry puna ecoregion. The drier portion of this ecoregion is located south of the Loa River between the parallel Sierra Vicuña Mackenna and Cordillera Domeyko. To the north of the mentioned river lies the Pampa del Tamarugal.

People – The Atacama is sparsely populated. In an oasis, in the middle of the desert, at about 2,000 metres (7,000 ft) elevation, lies the village of San Pedro de Atacama. Its church was built by the Spanish in 1577. In pre-Hispanic times, before the Inca empire, the extremely arid interior was inhabited mainly by the Atacameño tribe. The tribe is noted for the construction of fortified towns called pucara(s), one of which can be seen a few kilometers from San Pedro de Atacama.

History – During the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries under the Spanish Empire, towns grew along the coast as shipping ports for silver produced in Potosí and other mines.

During the 19th century the desert came under control of Bolivia, Chile and Peru and soon became a zone of conflict due to unclear borders and the discovery of nitrate there. After the War of the Pacific, in which Chile annexed most of the desert, cities along the coast developed into international ports, and many Chilean workers migrated there.

The Pan-American Highway runs through the Atacama in a north-south trajectory.


Pix In Motion

Creative Imagining

The Dead Sea – Lowest Point in the Planet

This one came to fruition after a long editing and re-editing period.

It was very cumbersome to build since it required 3 different rendering software tools, due to the complexity I chose to introduce into this video, the time to assemble, synch and splice tripled from my normal productions.
Luckily, I had the most beatiful images to work with, thanks to Nir B. Y. a professional photographer with a keen eye for the unique.

Dead Sea – Lowest Point in the Planet from Leo Bar PIX IN MOTION.

The Dead Sea is a combination of landscapes all the way from the desert, oases, waterfalls, a most saline lake (people float without trying) and the flora and fauna.
It was tough going and long hours, but in many viewers opinions it’s one of my best productions.