The view found in front of the house in Las Manchas. The area of Las Manchas was one of the worst affected by volcanic ash damage.

House in Las Manchas (from series)

85 days, this is exactly how long lasted the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma, part of the Canary Islands archipelago. The lava destroyed several thousands buildings, banana plantations and cut off roads. Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes and many had only minutes to pack up their belongings, leaving their homes in the hope that they would not be taken by the lava.The volcano, which has been declared extinct, has irretrievably destroyed the possessions of many people´s lives, demonstrating man´s powerlessness in the face of the nature.La Palma is one of the highest volcanic island in the world and is one of the geologically youngest islands in the Canary Islands archipelago and is also the least´ table´ in terms of volcanic activity. The eruption of the volcano Cumbre Vieja is the most costly natural disaster in the history of Spain. The first thing Anna took from her home after the explosion of volcano on La Palma was the painting of her sister, who died at 21 years old. That day Ana had few minutes to pack her belongings. Olga couldn´t imagine leaving her house without Jerry and Daisy, her two beloved dogs. She spent over 8 months living in a camper as renting an apartment or staying in a hotel with animals is much more difficult. Marisa and Jose have been evacuated for months. Marisa, while being evacuated from her home, was waking up each morning and watching on TV the live transmission of lava direction. She was checking if her house has already been taken by lava or not. She founds herself the luckiest person in the world as she could come back home, where her husband was born.

Kinga Wrona

student, Institute of Creative Photography in Opava
Freelancer photographer from Poland (Krakow), studying at Institute of Creative Photography in Opava (Czech Republic). Currently, her photography mainly deals with the relationship of human to the nature. Winner of Grand Press Photo 2022 and National Geographic Polska Photographic Award 2021. Published in Polityka magazine, National Geographic Polska, The Calvert Journal Magazine and New York Post. Took part in a group exhibition at Fotofestival in Lodz, Galeria Labirynt in Lublin, Fotoart festiwal in Bielsko Biala.