Asi Es La Vida

by Alessandro Ciapanna

These photographs were taken in a train cemetery on the outskirts of Uyuni, a small city in the south of Bolivia. This series is entitled “Asi Es La Vida,” from graffiti scrawled on one of the rusting locomotives.

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Abandoned steam locomotives at Uyuni train cemetery, Bolivia

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Derailed train axle at Uyuni's train cemetery, Bolivia.

Abandoned steam locomotive at Uyuni, Bolivia train cemetery.

Uyuni, Bolivia train cemetery



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Crashed train car scrap at Uyuni, Bolivia train cemetery.

Uyuni, Bolivia train cemetery

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P1000492_Alessandro_Ciapanna_1000pxArtist: Alessandro Ciapanna

I throw myself passionately at life. And life often smiles back. When that happens, I like to have my camera ready.

In what is a perennially ongoing process, I have developed a sense of what works, photographically. I can sometimes perceive when a situation has the quid I like to call the “wow factor”. I have honed my ear to the sound of a ball bouncing or a child laughing. Because these are telltale signs that something wonderful is taking place. It is a miracle, happening, unscripted. And sometimes – if you develop and trust your serendipity – it’s happening right around the corner. It’s something universal, and fleeting. Therefore all the more wonderful. All the more worth capturing. This is what I most like to photograph. Some call it life.

Website: ciapannaphoto





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4 Comments on “Asi Es La Vida”

  1. February 27, 2015 at 4:23 am #

    Wonderful feature – thanks for helping to share!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. elmediat
    February 28, 2015 at 1:17 am #

    Intriguing subject and very atmospheric dramatic compositions. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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