Claudia Ruiz-Gustafson | Lady of Lachay

Surrounded by fog, gently, tenuously moves the lady of Lachay. Her story is the story of every human being. The lady lives amid clouds and gnarled trees, water and weathered rocks.

Lachay Hills is a miracle in itself, a contradiction of existence, a place where unusual vegetation and fauna survive and persist in the middle of a desert on the outskirts of Lima in the coast of Peru. Lachay Hills is now a protected reserve.

In 1993 I took these pictures using an old Canon camera and black and white grainy film. For years, every time I looked at these pictures I imagined a woman dressed in white veils walking through its paths. The woman was photographed digitally in 2012 and now she is part of the landscape of Lachay.