Sky and Landscape Merge in Breathtaking Photos of Salar de Uyuni Salt Flat

After seeing a photo of a salt flat in a guidebook about Bolivia, Tokyo-based photographer Asako Shimizu dreamt of one day seeing the magnificent sight in person. A decade later, in 2006, Shimizu finally had the chance to travel to the South American country, where she found her way to Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world at over 4,000 square miles. There, inspired by the spectacular image of the seemingly endless horizon, as well as her relationship with the Earth standing at the elevation of 12,000 feet above sea level, Shimizu captured a series of stunning photographs titled On Her Skin.

The photos, which were shot using a Hasselblad 500 C/M film camera, show the unfiltered beauty of the salt flat. The gorgeous blue hues of the clear sky are reflected in the thin surface of water gathered on top of the plain, creating a seamless, mirrored vision of breathtaking splendor. In some frames, small figures are seen walking in the distance, transforming the image into an almost surreal depiction of people who appear to journey across an infinite horizon.

Asako Shimizu's website
via [Photojojo], [Slate]

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