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Patagonia Location: Cueva de las Manos


Patagonia - Cueva de las ManosThe Cueva de las Manos site in Patagonia resembles the ancient paintings found at the Lascaux cavern in Southern France. The indigenous population that inhabited Patagonia left their negative hand impressions on this cave as a testament for future generations.

The Cave is located at the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina and relatively close to both the city of El Calafate and the Perito Moreno glacier.

The art painting dates from 13,000 to 9,000 years ago and early artwork has been carbon-dated to ca. 9300 BP (about 7300 BC). We believe that the site was last inhabited around 700 AD, possibly by ancestors of the Tehuelche people.

The paintings of left negative stenciled hands, suggests that the painters held the spraying pipe with their right hand or that they placed the back of their right hand to the wall and held the spraying pipe with their left hand.

As with other European cave paintings – Almeria and Lascaux – there are also local animals depictions such as Guanacos, rheas and felines. The Cueva de las Manos also shows other paintings representing geometric shapes, zigzag and hunting scenes. As with its overseas siblings, these images had a profound ritualistic meaning to the Patagonia inhabitants. It served as a spiritual connection with the environment, the animal’s soul as a way of understanding the circle of life from an early human perspective.

When to visit Cueva de las Manos

The Cueva de las Manos can be visited year round.

It is most easily reached by a gravel road (RP 41), which leaves Route 40 3 km north of Bajo Caracoles and runs 46 km northeast to the south side of the Pinturas Canyon (Painting Canyon)

If you’re attending our Patagonia photo tour in November, this is a worthwhile visit. The cultural importance of the Cueva de las Manos site has a deep connection with the first inhabitants of Patagonia.

Both the traces of their human development, meaning and identity is as valid today, as it was in pre-historic times.
If you go, don’t forget to place your left hand on top on one of the many silhouettes.

Photography Tour – Travel Photography Workshop

Travel Photography WorkshopLike with traditional photography classes and instruction, a travel photography workshop aims to enhance your skills throughout a specific journey. Its striking contrast relies on the location and how the travel photography workshop gets presented to its participants.
Check out our upcoming Patagonia photography tour for 2018.

Photography Tour and Workshop – Intensive Learning In-situ

I for one like the idea of maximizing the instruction and teaching in just a few days. Research studies have shown that condensing material in a few short segments provides a better comprehension and absorption by the students.

A travel photography workshop works in a similar fashion:
A lot of information is condensed in just a few days, and its main advantage is experienced with the direct access to the instructors and the unique setting.
This is no small thing, since the possibility to incorporate new knowledge, and immediately utilize it on the field helps the learning process tremendously.

Observing Rather than Viewing in a Travel Photography Workshop

Louis PasteurThe French microbiologist and chemist Louis Pasteur, known for the invention of Pasteurization, had a very interesting quote:

Fortune Favors the Prepared Mind

While on location, and sometimes due to the cultural distance and ethnology variation of our own culture, our eye and mind can observe things in a different and alternative way.  This is a great thing, but one that can only be advantageous to the “prepared mind” as Pasteur calls it. By developing your skills: understanding of light, composition, field of view, depth of field, perspective, color theory, etc. You can prepare your mind for anything you might encounter.

The theory is applied to the practice directly. Without delay, without hesitation. The canvas, the environment right before your eyes, can serve as the training ground to explore your photography without interruptions.

Traveling to a distant land can be a great opportunity to enhance these skills. The cultural distance and differences can trigger many ‘happy’ discoveries as a result of an alternative environment.

Excusado – Weston 1925

Take Edward Weston famous “Excusado” photograph from 1925. Weston took this picture in Mexico, and although the toilet is shown as a massive sculpture, Weston was truly fascinated with its design.
He himself had never lived in a house with internal plumbing while in the USA. This experience made him think about his surroundings. Pushed him to observe other objects that possessed an inherited beauty which can only be revealed to the ‘prepared mind’.