The Atacama Desert astonishes visitors with its landscapes. This impressive geography serves as inspiration for illustrator Antonia Reyes, who tells us about the adventures she’s had observing and drawing this beautiful place.

For this trip, I traded in the vertical lines of the trees in southern Chile, where I live, for the horizontal lines of the desert landscape. The vibrant colors of moisture, for pale desert hues. Greens and blues, for browns and pinks. Out of orbit, Tropic of Capricorn, Latitude 23°26’16’’.

In this place, the wind also blows, and it appears to be the same wind, however it sounds different, because it comes up against nothing in its way.

This mission was sponsored by the Hotel Tierra Atacama. I’m exploring the area of San Pedro de Atacama, on what feels like another planet. I came to find life amongst the hostility of the desert, and if I find no life, to discover beauty and poetry nonetheless.