Brazilian Photographer Bruno Candiotto Reveals the Surprising Diversity of Chile

Sao Paulo-based photographer Bruno Candiotto is impressive with his spectacular landscapes. These days Bruno travels extensively to capture the authenticity of nature and man’s place in it. During his recent trip to Chile he captured the stunning valleys and meandering streams of Cajon del Maipo.

One of the first things I noticed after arriving at Santiago airport was a photographic display panel accompanied by a sentence stating 'Chile is a country of contrasts'. Immediately, I thought of the colors I could shoot, but what I did not realize is that those words could also be a warning, like 'enjoy in moderation'.

José del Maipo was about two hours drive by car. After that point, I did not pay much attention to the time, after all, we were on a dirt road towards the Cajon del Maipo, full of magnificent landscapes that surprised us at every turn.

The temperature dropped sharply and an icy wind raised dust that bordered on the unbearable as we walked. The humidity was low and as we climbed, the typical symptoms of altitude sickness arose. Headaches, shortness of breath, dry eyes, nose and mouth were among other strange sensations. Nevertheless, I did not want to miss any detail. I wanted to photograph.

Gradually, I emptied my pack: coat, scarf, cameras, water, food. The landscapes were indescribable and magnificent, revealing a surprising diversity. Valleys, streams, springs gushing water, makeshift bridges with wooden slats, snow (at a time when it does not usually snow), ruins, cliffs, among many other things, made my photographic experience painful but unforgettable.

In short, pain, crazy symptoms and lush landscapes. This is how I discovered that Chile is truly a country of contrasts. And that's precisely why I want to return...and precisely why I needed to visit Santiago Hospital the next day.

All photos by Bruno Candiotto