“Landscapes of Toca” is a book that illustrates the beauty of Toca’s Valley and around. It contents also the history of a family, who once lived and developed their life in this valley. As an influent family they have left traces today reflected by the old buildings which are witnesses to the past power and prestige of a now scattered family.
By 1500’s Spanish conquered these lands Christianising indigenous peoples and transforming natural landscapes into harvesting lands. The legacy of those indigenous peoples and their lifestyle has completely disappeared, and has now been replaced with a Spanish history and culture. The photographs in this book illustrate the major Spanish influence.
In the past few years, lifestyles within the Toca Valley region have been gradually changing. Older houses have given way to more contemporary architecture, designed with the beautiful landscape in mind. The construction of La Copa Dam has brought alternative tourism to the area, based upon aquatic sports as well as the construction of a houseboat to encourage further tourism to the region.
Mauricio Fiorenzano-Camacho was Born in 1977 Bogota ,Colombia. He studied Marine Biology at Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, graduated in 2003. He has achieved a degree in Photography, at the Arts University College in Bournemouth. His aspiration is to interact with the natural environment through photography and be able to inspire its beauty; he considers photography a medium to conserve the natural world, which is very important for all of us as we are one more species between others in the Planet Earth.