Frozen Landscapes


We were a group of friends attempting to discover a world different to the one we were used to. Different from our home, our city and a world away from our familiar landscape in the south of Spain. Travelling to Argentinian Patagonia, it was my first time taking a trip where I had to cross the ocean. Landing at Ushuaia airport was an incredible experience for me; the dark mountains contrasting sharply with the clear blue lakes and small spots of snow. It was summer, but the cold was present even in the middle of the day, the sun dimmed by the soft cloud cover above us. The day we went hiking to the Upsala glacier was breath taking. I still remember the silence, the stillness of the landscape surrounding us and the cloud cover breaking through every so often, allowing momentary rays of light to shine through. We found the strange, almost otherworldly scenery enthralling. We wanted to be within it, to walk over it rather than observe it from a distance. In order to make this happen we moved to the Perito Moreno glacier; the most famous Patagonian glacier. Walking over the Perito Moreno, we felt as though we were on another planet, a frozen one, a planet where no life could possibly exist. I felt a sense of being so unimportant, so minuscule and fleeting, in comparison with such vast beauty of the nature around me. We walked carefully, taking it step by step over the frozen water, coloured an intense blue beneath us. This glacier had been frozen in time for millions of years and yet it was at the complete mercy of the surrounding forces of nature, its movement incessant, constantly changed by the sea and wind, creating a sculpted world like no other.

Words & Photography: Sara Pineda