Unaided and inexperienced, a crew of four venture through the most rural and inaccessible natural areas of Chile.
For four months, a team of travellers in their early twenties set out to hike along the unrelenting Greater Patagonian Trail. Engaging with locals along the way, the volunteers are reminded of the stark discrepancy between their ways of life, and are made aware of the looming developmental projects that threaten the previously untouched and untainted areas across Patagonia. In a moving display of companionship, ‘Unbounded’ illustrates that the future of the country rests on the preservation and protection of its breath-taking natural spaces.
Photographer and filmmaker, Garrett Martin, assembled a team of wildly different backgrounds and very limited combined experience with the aim to explore the pure and unmarked areas of Patagonia, Chile. However, throughout their journey, it becomes clear that while Patagonia has remained largely untouched by civilisation, there is a constant tension between the locals and companies who wish to exploit their natural resources. The hasty construction of hydroelectric dams, mining projects and road-works are beginning to destabilise the fragile environment of this part of Chile, and indeed forever alter the culture of those indigenous people living there.
Although this conflict is ongoing, the installation of dams and other already authorised developmental projects are being revoked due to resistance and criticism from the public. For Francisco Urribe, an activist in San Fabian, the resolution to the current situation lies in respect, as he hopes to reconcile with these imposing companies “with love, with love for the cause, with love for the river, with conviction and knowing that we do what we do thinking about the present and the future.” As stunning as it is formidable, Garrett reflects that the “trail is so remote, so beautiful and so untouched that I think one of the biggest parts of this trip is making sure that we do our part and that this stays like this.”