Lanzarote, the easternmost island of the Canary Islands, off the coast of North Africa in the Atlantic Ocean, is an intriguing Spanish island of volcanic origin. Think extravagant geology, crashing seascapes, and a lunar-like layout of lava fields broken by¬†sporadic palm-filled valleys. The island‚Äôs name in the native language Guanche is ‘Tytheroygaka’, which loosely translates to ‚Äúone that is all ochre‚Äù, alluding to the island‚Äôs predominant iron colour. One of the island‚Äôs main attractions is the 1500 metre-long T√∫nel de la Atl√°ntida (Tunnel Of Atlantis), the world‚Äôs longest known underwater volcanic tunnel, referred to as a ‚Äúsubmarine lava tube‚Äù. Lanzarote‚Äôs terrestrial and coastal ecosystems are internationally recognised by UNESCO, making the island a protected biosphere reserve, encouraging sustainable development and responsible eco-tourism.
Shot on location, Dutch-Croatian fine art photographer Sanja¬†Maru≈°iƒá captures the wildness of Lanzarote in a series of fearless self-portraits. The photographs explore themes of transcendence, alienation, and natural beauty, using artistic license in post-production to construct ethereal, captivating¬†scenes.