Water Spine

Marcelo David Sandoval

2016 - Ongoing


What is that flowing with the river? What is it that remains? Follow the waterways through the heart of South America.

"Water Spine" (#EspinazodeAgua #aRiverAwayFromParaguay o Instagram) is an effort to document life and senses around the river that divide in half the South American continent, giving its name to a country: Paraguay.*

The project is ongoing and the pictures are done and edited with an iPhone, they circulate on Instagram (@marchalo) since March 2016.

With this essay I look for comprehend how much of the past is still in the everyday life of paraguayan people or, as well, which atemporal values are good to keep to the future.

The personal and poetic approach in this work has been usefull to find out the significance that a simple element, as the water, can have to a whole nation and its people.


*Paraguay is a word of the guaraní languaje that means "water that comes from diversity" or as well "river of many waters".

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  • A bottle of "caña" after the floods

  • Fishing on winter

  • Rain on the port of 'Ita Enramada' (in english 'stone pergola')

  • Women's stuff

  • Torrent

  • Finding shiny things deep down

  • Birds of the same feather.

  • Twilight at Concepción.

  • The sole communication with some spots in the Pantanal

  • Fire to build boats

  • Merchandise

  • Gone with the water

  • Father and daughter

  • The dark

  • ANNP –'National Association of Navigation and Ports'