The Atacama Desert in Chile is an extraordinary area of geologic wonder and stunning visual qualities. Crowned by high volcanoes at the top of the Andes, it includes a vast altiplano sculpted by lava and glaciers. Beautiful small lagoons, framed by the volcanoes, collect some of the water that drains from their peaks; salars or saltpans receive some as well. At the edges of the salars, powdery or crusted surfaces are striking in the vivid light. Geysers send columns of steam high into the early morning sun. And wind-blown sand shapes the eerie landscape in the Valle de Luna and Valle de la Muerte.
With its striking panoramic vistas and unusual geologic forms, this is an astonishing setting which is depicted in these photographs.
Eliot Cohen is a photographer and teacher based in Washington, DC, where he is well known for both his photographs and his classes in digital photography. He leads photography workshops nationally and internationally.