Gauchada Week: Daniel Casado



Specialized in environmental and nature photography, Dani is based primarily in Patagonia where he collaborates with several conservation groups including Fundación MERI, WWF, Parque Etnobotánico Omora, and Futaleufú Riverkeeper. He has also worked with eco-groups in Maine, such as Chewonki Foundation and Maine Woods Forever. He is also the director of the award-winning documentary Patagonia Azul. Follow his web page and Instagram page to enjoy more of Daniel’s photography and videos. 
1. “Patagonia is my favorite place in the world, and where I do most of my work. This gaucho is located near the Chile-Argentina border, at the Baño Nuevo ranch just outside of Coyhaique. The gauchos, both Chileans and Argentinians, are without doubt an integral part of the Patagonia region.”
2. Photo 1: "Maine is one of the places that has most made its mark on my work as a photographer and documentary filmmaker. This photo is from 2014, in the vicinity of Lake Moosehead, when I was collaborating with the campaign "Maine Woods Forever."


Photo 2: "The outdoors culture in Maine is very much alive. Seemingly everyone does something outside in nature: canoeing, kayaking, skiing, trekking, fishing, hunting, or all of the above. Their coexistence with the surrounding environment is simply embedded in their culture. This photo was made for Chewonki, an environmental education school, at Baxter State Park, at Mount Katahdin, the highest mountain in the state."
3. "Puerto Williams is the southernmost town of Patagonia and also one of the most beautiful. I took this photo while working for my friends at Parque Omora. It's a view of the Beagle Channel on a dark day at the end of summer."
4. "Moose (Alces alces) are an important part of the rich fauna of the northern United States. They are imposing animals and have a quiet energy. They inhabit forests and low-lying areas. I have had several encounters, but this was the first, a moment I will never forget."
5. "I have been fortunate to collaborate with many environmental institutions, and Fundacion MERI is one with which I feel especially aligned and committed. We have carried out expeditions to monitor whales for almost 5 years now, constantly gaining in knowledge of the Patagonian sea. The documentary "Blue Patagonia" is the result of this collaboration. We have already won two international film festivals, in the United States and Argentina, and it will soon be released in Santiago. Stay tuned!"  


6. "A few weeks ago I published my first book with Ediciones La Visita, a publisher in Chile that specializes in photography books. Called "Infamy," the book is about the disaster that has occurred in the Chilean seas due to the lack of ecological and social conscience displayed by the salmon farming industry. My hope is the book will help raise awareness by helping people visualize the problem. In this photo, you see Atlantic salmon being cultivated in a salmon center in the Perez Sur channel of the Guaitecas archipelago." To purchase a copy, write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
7. "Patagonia National Park is one of the most amazing places in Chile. It's as Patagonia should be - an imposing, remote and majestic place. Here the guanaco reign over the grasslands, and it is easy to see them from only a few meters away. I took this picture early one morning, after a light snow." 

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