For Oliver Muñoz, photography is a therapeutic pastime that challenges him to try to capture through a lens what he likes best about nature. In an act of conscious reflection on the gift of sight, Muñoz also uses the photos he takes to honor the 460 people who lost their sight to rubber bullets during his home country’s recent protests. He sees Chile’s social movement intersecting with art and music in that he considers them all to be expressions of social justice, beauty, and the human spirit.
Originally a city boy, Muñoz considers himself fortunate to have walked through Iowa’s hilly landscapes. He has been moved by the diverse world of plants and animals he has found there, and by the beauty of the prairie and the changing of the four seasons (much like Vivaldi, another composer he admires). In this collection of photos, he focuses on tableaux—such as waterfowl surrounded with snow and ice on a frozen lake, or the happy accident of hoarfrost creating flower-shapes on a bare stem—through which he traces the re-emergence of life, taking the viewer from the stillness of deep midwinter into the gradual awakening that creeps over and, ultimately, transforms the prairie landscape.