'Ronin in person'

In 2012 when I met Gabriel, a Shipibo-Conibo wise man, this photo came to my mind. I saw him coming out of the water in slow motion. Only five years later I was able to make this photo. During that time I learnt their stories and I got touched by a specific one. In the deepest waters of the Koman Kenia lake lives Ronin, an anaconda and protector of the lake. The Shipibo-Conibo mythology tells that Ronin is a person. Ronin can come out of the water leaving behind its skin, walking amongst us as a man or a woman.

Taken in the Koman Kenia lake on July 2017. We both enter the water to make this mise-en-scene showing Ronin as a person. Because I was afraid of stingrays and piranhas it was difficult to keep my camera still but I really wanted this photo.


After hearing all the stories and myths about the creatures underwater, I wanted to see Koman Kenia at night, so we took a boat and navigated the lake. When the surface of the water started to change I took this photo to show the specific current movement with the intention of giving a dream-like ambience. And with blur, create an hypnotic feeling . The Shipibos said that Ronin, the anaconda who protects the lake, passed underwater creating this special movement. 

Taken from out of a canoe on the Koman Kenia lake in July 2017.

'The Path of the Kene'
The rainforest native people talk about a mysterious woman who appears at the lake’s shore. A wise being who long ago taught them the "Kene". Kene are indigenous patterns that they draw on their bodies and artwork. They explain the patterns are the expression of their paths in this world. This is the second mise-en-scene taken in July 2017 at the sunset. The reflection of the sunlight between her feet, emphasizes her walking in a dream-like ambience following the path of the Kene.
'The Entrance of the Sun'
At 6 p.m. and in special places, the light of the sunset acts as a door, revealing the presence of the enchanted. For this reason the Shipibos go back to their huts, the night belongs to other people.
I was taken a mise-en-scene when I realized a more important subject was behind me. This photo came to me when I was searching for the enchanted people. 
Taken in July 2017 before leaving the native community where I stayed one month.

'The Reflection of Being'

What I like of other cultures is their own way to see the world. Before taking photos I investigate their myths and spend time with them to understand their imagery and the way they speak about nature. The Shipibo-Conibo people explained to me that objects can be inhabited. Today, the ancient pottery that remains at the lake's shore are inhabited by enchanted people. This mise-en-scene takes away the boundaries between humans and objects. During sunset, we enter the Koman Kenia lake on November 2017.

'The Tree of consciousness'

This is the first photograph I took in 2016 and the last one of the series. I took it at the entrance of the Koman Kenia lake where we spent the night until a storm woke us up. At that moment, I felt something special about that tree and his reflection on the water. In the Rainforest, there is a story about a tree that has conscience. The Shipibo-Conibo named it Niwe Rao, the wind tree. When the night falls, his reflection on the water swims in the lake, giving birth to the anaconda Ronin who guards the waters. 

Through this photograph I want to show the consciousness of Nature.

'Time of enchantment'

When the night falls, the door of the enchanted people of the forest opens. Mise-en-scene showing the first enchanted man who appears at the setting sunlight. Photo taken on July 2017 at the Koman Kenia shore.

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