©Andrea Frazzetta

Andrea Frazzetta

Danakil: Land of Salt and Fire

Located in the northern part of the Afar’s Triangle, the vast Danakil depression is the place where the constantly expanding of three tectonic plates join together, close to the border area among Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti.

Endless stretches of salt, lakes with psychedelic colors and active volcanoes: this land is heaven and hell together. Danakil is an ancestral place where you can still watch the phenomena that gave rise to the world.

Afars, a nomadic population, live here and their huts built with mud and twigs appear like a mirage. They live in one of the most inhospitable places on earth, the hottest inhabited place in the world, with very little vegetation and temperatures that can reach 120 °F degrees. The Afar people seem to have appeared from nowhere.

Andrea Frazzetta (1977, Lecce, Italy) grew up in Milan, where he studied art and architecture.

One week after his graduation he realized his first photo story, in the Amazon Forest. Since then, he decided to devote himself entirely to photography and worked on several photo reportages, mainly in Africa, South America and in the Mediterranean area.

©Andrea Frazzetta

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