“The elan that draws humans toward islands extends the double movement that produces islands in themselves. Dreaming of islands—whether with joy or in fear, it doesn’t matter—is dreaming of pulling away, of being already separate, far from any continent, of being lost and alone—or it is dreaming of starting from scratch, recreating, beginning anew. Some islands drifted away from the continent, but the island is also that toward which one drifts; other islands originated in the ocean, but the island is also the origin, radical and absolute”
Deleuze, Gilles (2002) Desert islands. In Desert Islands and Other Texts, 1953-1974, David Lapoujade, ed. Los Angeles: Semiotext(e).
This series of photographs attempts to trace the biological specificity and variety of Galápagos. Located almost 1,000km away from the continent in Pacific Ocean, the archipelago is known for being an evolutionary hotspot. The animals and plants that managed to cross the vast distance to the islands and to survive the harsh conditions, have followed different evolutionary paths from their mainland kin to become new species. These islands remain a priceless living laboratory for scientists, and are now threatened by the expanding human footprint and a very modern danger: tourism and commercial development.