Natutama: Life Beyond the Amazon Rainforest
This poetic monochromatic photo series by Brazilian-American photographer Eliseu Cavalcante documents his 2500 mile journey down the length of the Amazon River – capturing the life of the people who live on its shores.
Natutama means “The world under water” in Ticuna, a language spoken by approximately 40,000 people in Brazil, Peru and Colombia. This photo project wasn’t developed in a journalistic nature, but a visual experience of a different Amazon than most people imagine, specifically when you add the human element. Eliseu Cavalcante‘s 2,500-mile journey by riverboat down the length of the Amazon River and its tributaries to capture the life of the people who live on its shores. Cavalcante wanted to show a different Amazon than most people imagine, specifically the human element. Many picture the Amazon as an exotic jungle where animals outnumber humans. But development –– especially as the population grows in the Amazon region –– is an important reality and one that cannot be ignored in conservation efforts.
This photo essay was originally published in TLmag’s 2019 Spring / Summer edition ‘Islands of Creation‘.
Cover Photo: Peruvian Amazon – A man stands next to a lake called Death Lagoon, since a man-eating anaconda lives there.