Cris Toala Olivares “Listen to Nature”

A volcano is an intriguing phenomenon of the earth. According to the the award winning photographer Cris Toala Olivares we can learn a lot from volcano’s and from the people who live in such a place. It brings one closer to the power of the earth and therefore also closer to oneself. “Feeling the earth shake, watching lava clouds up to twelve kilometer in the sky makes you feel small”, says Cris. “But is also made me feel I belong. I belong here on earth. You don’t make the earth as humans, the earth makes you.”

Cris Olivares, former winner of the prestigious Zilveren Camera and National Geographic photographer, is making a serie around ten volcano’s. Each volcano tells a different story: love when it comes to three volcano’s in Ecuador, the energy of the earth in Iceland, money making on the Italian island of Stromboli, destruction of ash and lava on Sumatra and Cape Verde, offering to Gods on Bromo, science and technology in Japan and the political issue around a volcano in Turkey/Armenia.

People live on volcano’s. There are villages where the lava stream runs between the houses. Where people actually should not live any more, but hey they are rooted there firmly and do not want to leave. Where people understand a volcano and tells you you cannot go to the volcano, but the next day says: “The volcano is alright, you can come with me.”
Cris’s advice: feel nature! It will tell you what you want and where your heart really is. Where your passion is. And you will be connected to yourself.


Watch Cris Toala Olivares’ full talk here.