My name is Sara Di Franco, I'm twenty-five years old and I'm a documentary photographer, although I often prefer to define myself first of all as an observer. Photography is the path I have chosen to give voice to my profound interest in reality and in the stories that can take shape from it, and therefore be told.
My first meeting with Argentina took place in 2014, when I had the opportunity to fly to Buenos Aires and live there for six months as part of a university exchange. It was a very complex experience, full of emotions also very contrasting between them, but all of them prevailed (and still prevail) curiosity. Precisely for this reason, when I chose to pursue this career, I could not rule out the idea of continuing what I had started, and even if it took time, I'm here now.
"Almas" is a long-term project that draws its origin from the elements of the territory itself, from the remains of history that it bears in the places I have visited, and from the people I met along the way: all "souls" in fact.
During my first stay in Argentina, I learned that it is a country with a rich history and culture, enormously diversified also in relation to the wide geographical distances, and I was fascinated by the way in which these stories and cultures can exist and coexist within a single nation, despite the thrusts of globalization.
Exactly this is what I would like to tell.The intent of the report is to return to the observer some of these elements, through a visual key focused on the vivid colors and the authenticity of the composition.
In the first part of the project I was able to explore the Andean Northwest, the North East and part of the central Pampas; thanks to your contribution this time I will have the opportunity to push myself south and enter one of the most ancient and fascinating regions of Argentina.
Allocation of funds
The trip will take place between November and December 2018, will last 23 days and will take place along the route of Ruta 40 (the oldest road in Argentina) departing from Mendoza and going south to the Patagonian territories. The durations of the route are very long, since the trips will take place by bus. The itinerary is designed to touch those that are symbolic places of the indigenous and contemporary cultures of Argentina; it is no coincidence that my choice fell on an ancient path that winds along the Andes, in some of the most remote territories of this country. For more information, I have attached an image of the route at the bottom.
Specifically, the funds will cover the following expenses:
- Round-trip flight Milan Malpensa-Buenos Aires with airport (EZE) = € 900.00 approx
- Transfers by bus between: Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Malargue, Bariloche, Perito Moreno, El Chaltèn, El Calafate = from € 5 to 60 max each way
- Internal flight El Calafate-Buenos Aires = € 150.00 approx
- Accommodation costs in a single room in a hostel in the cities of Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Bariloche, Perito Moreno, El Chalten, El Calafate and any € 15 / night ca
- Entrance to the Parque nacional Los Glaciares = € 20 approx
- Various excursions (Malargue, Los Antiguos, Mendoza, etc.) = € 30 approx
- Food expenses = € 15 / day approx
- Travel insurance costs = € 83 with Amex
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