Villa Epecuén 
Images by Monty Kaplan

In 2016 Monty was commissioned to photograph the lost city of Villa Epecuén. Once the hottest spot for Argentinean tourism it was flooded by sea water in 1985 and remained submerged for 25 years.

“As soon as I arrived at the site I felt totally uninspired, with the water now receeded the broken down city just seemed sad and uninteresting. I started to walk away from it but then I noticed the dead flora, all the trees and plants, killed by the influx of salt water, dried up from the roots.”

For Monty the dead nature — pale white and curved — was both mesmerizing and heartbreaking at the same time. He also sensed something deeper in their story, they had been there way before the city had ever been built and were still standing today — they were the witnesses of the town’s story and their presence told a simple truth.

“It’s not that time destroys everything, but that everything is in a constant state of change, and though it may seem to our eyes that change can be either ‘good’ or ‘bad’, the truth is that it’s all just transformation, and good or bad are just nouns.”

Monty is a self taught photographer born and raised in Argentina. To find out more please visit

This feature was first published in Issue Two of SATORI. To explore issue one further click here.

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