A visual essay by Mario Dávalos

Witness of Silence

Canning River, Alaska

A vision by Mario Dávalos

I was a hunter,
tracking creatures across the land,
methodically following prints,
voices, and signs
until distance allowed me to capture.

I was a predator,
lurking through my lens
until the spirit of the wild
became an object to conquer.

What are you hunting for?
What is it all for?

My ear against the soil.
My head against the mountain.
My heart against the earth.

If you hunt, hunt within yourself.
Feed your own voice.
To belong is to find that place
where you feel best about yourself.
Welcome home.

She speaks.
Moss crowns solitude.
Willows whisper     spring is dead.
Light sings old songs.
Ice remembers the stillness before fire was found.
Lichen thrives as weavers of silence.

First, I was a hunter.
Now, I’m just a witness.


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Photography and words by Mario Dávalos
Edited by Bis Turnor

Mario Dávalos

Mario Dávalos

Artist, Writer and Photographer
Mario is a Dominican artist, writer and photographer. His work has been featured in the NY Times, Discover Wildlife by BBC and Outdoor Photographer Magazine. He is the author of “Narraciones para Incriminarme”(2003), “Todo lo que quiero es olvidar” (2012), “Wildscapes”(2013) and “Africa: narraciones de un viajero”(2014). Mario works in some of the last wild places of Earth, producing images that explore beauty and silence. He is 40 and lives in Santo Domingo.
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