Tiny dancer – Salar de Uyuni

Turmoil was bubbling as the Bolivian president threatened to increase the price of petrol by 70%(!) Some streets in Lapaz were already blocked off and we were informed that protests could get real ugly – so we got out of Lapaz quick smart and headed for the Salt Flats of Uyuni – the largest salt flats in the world at 10,582 square kilometers.

The salt flats were amazing an ran for as far as the eye could see, providing an excellent background for some creative photography that manipulated objects from tiny to large and visa versa. I got to get down with the Lonely Planet South America guide-book, kick a giant Fanta bottle, and have a teeny tiny Amanda do dancers pose on the palm of my hand!! Every little girls dream turned adult fantasy! (adult fantasy, not porn.)

You were given the creative freedom to design a scene with whatever props available, and even though these pictures could have been easily produced on the computer back home, it was the manual 4 hour effort to make the positioning just right that made the experience fun and memorable.

Unfortunately, creating an image of a tiny me swallowing a giant imodium pill, an image that represented an important part of my time in South America so far, proved to be too difficult an illusion to create in the salt flats of Uyuni.

I will need to pay tribute to my traveling ‘life jacket’ in some other way…

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dale
    Jan 18, 2011 @ 02:40:39

    That’s really cool! (Although you need to have your knee above your ankle in warrior two…) 😉


  2. Tiara in Transit
    Jan 18, 2011 @ 02:46:51

    OMG, you’re correcting my warrior! anal. 🙂


  3. Scott
    Jan 19, 2011 @ 01:17:32

    Thanks for your blog. I am enjoying reading about South America. Can’t believe you are still travelling, India seems so long ago now. Happy travels.


  4. B
    Jan 21, 2011 @ 08:29:39

    Awesome photo’s T! Shadows are brilliant.


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