The Canary Islands are known for their dramatic landscapes – spanning from dark forests, coloured sand beaches, lava fields and strange rock formations. Now, a series of photographs designed to pique travellers’ interest will have them scanning the incredible natural scenes to find the people hidden within.
Using body paint, the images show people blending into some of the islands’ most unique landscapes. “Meet Me and Lose Yourself” is a new promotion from the Canary Islands tourism group, created with the help of Finnish photographer and Instagrammer Konsta Punkka and German artist Léonié Gené, an expert in body make-up.
Located off the western coast of Africa, the Canaries are often thought of as the perfect place for a sun holiday, as the islands are filled with resorts and travellers seeking a bit of rest and relaxation on pristine beaches. But there is a lot more for travellers to enjoy, from the lava fields of Lanzarote to the high mountains of Gran Canaria.
One image shows a cardon, a plant endemic to the Canary Islands, which is shaped almost like a large candelabrum. The massive succulent is also known as the Canary Island spurge. Within, a person appears part of the massive plant.
In another, a person blends in with the plants along a white “jable sand” beach that are typical of the islands. What makes jable sand unique is that it is made up of the crushing of thousands of sea shells, flecked with black salts that are particular of lava and basalt.
The Canary Islands are one of the places where travellers can find a laurel forest, a subtropical forest characterized by high humidity and lush greenery. The forests are home to hundreds of species that are unique to the region and are a popular destination for bird-lovers eager to spot species of kestrels, owls and more.