Alejandro Chaskielberg is a talented photographer and artist, who was born in 1977 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Alejandro, who studied film and began his career as a photojournalist, working in local newspapers and magazines. For his project “The High Tide”, Chaskielberg captured over a two-year period of everyday scenes of the Paraná River Delta Region people in surrealist photographs lit by moonlight. Shooting only at night, his use of long exposure allows the full moon to play a key role in composition and lighting, while the islanders remained still for up to ten minutes. Combining natural and artificial light he is able to compose images of detailed landscapes that encompass his sitters as well as the surrounding vegetation, water and sky, despite being shot at night.
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