In this series, Alejandro photographed the life of the community of islanders of the Paraná River Delta, in Argentina.
The Paraná River runs through Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina over 1600 miles. Flowing southward, the Paraná carries the subtropical vegetation from southern Brazil, to create an exuberant Delta near Buenos Aires city. The Lower Delta was the site of the first modern settlements in the Paraná basin and this work focuses on the communities within these islands. Some of the islanders work in the tree-felling season, others fish or grow fruit, but most are isolated without any kind of communication except the River. The tides control the life of the islanders: with the high tide, they can travel through the small rivers and islands to pick up the wood felled before. With the low tide, they can collect rushes at the shore. The Delta region used to be one of the major fruits-producer of Argentina, but after some big floods during the last century, most of the people have left these islands.
To produce this series of images, I moved to live in the islands of the Delta for more than two years, sharing with the islanders the same daily life. I have been sailing the rivers of the Delta where I met the islanders randomly in fuel stations, grocery stores or wharfs