Living In the Shadows

Cris Toala Olivares

A volcano is an intriguing phenomenon of the earth. According to the award-winning photographer Cris Toala Olivares we can learn a lot from volcanoes and from the people who live in such a place. It brings one closer to the power of the earth and therefore also closer to oneself. “Feeling the earth shake, watching lava clouds up to twelve kilometres in the sky makes you feel small”, says Cris. “But is also made me feel I belong. I belong here on earth. You don’t make the earth as humans, the earth makes you.”

Cris Toala Olivares, a former winner of the prestigious Zilveren Camera and National Geographic photographer, is making a series around ten volcanoes.

Each volcano tells a different story: love when it comes to three volcano’s in Ecuador, the energy of the earth in Iceland, money making on the Italian island of Stromboli, destruction of ash and lava on Sumatra and Cape Verde, offering on Bromo, science and technology in Japan and the political issue around a volcano in Turkey/Armenia.