This photographer wants you to be passionate about peatlands
Based in Argentina, Luján Agusti is roaming the globe to focus on the lesser known but crucial role of these landscapes in absorbing carbon.
“When I want to feel at peace,” says Luján Agusti, “I think of a Patagonian landscape.” Vast and sometimes inhospitable, Argentina’s Patagonia is miles of steppe and desert stretching from the Atlantic to the Andes. A National Geographic Explorer, Agusti photographs this region and the people who make it their home from her base in Ushuaia in southernmost Argentina.
Agusti zooms in on stories deeply rooted in place. She has documented women in Tierra del Fuego weaving with sustainably sourced local wool, spent time with Indigenous Mapuche women trying to preserve ancestral practices, and visited solitary gauchos living in the steppe and the peatlands—wetland systems with accumulations of partly decayed plants.
These spongy areas are the focus of