For Portland, Maine-based writer and photographer Aya Padron, shooting photos goes hand-in-hand with a tendency for introversion. "Having always been very shy, I'm drawn to photography because it offers an alternative way of speaking, one that is visual and wordless," she says. "My intuition as a photographer is to celebrate and emphasize this quietness, calling attention to ordinary scenes and objects that in silence possess more magic."
That inward-searching silence is revealed nicely in these photos of Andean vistas that Aya caught on a journey through South America in 2009. For more from Aya, check out her blog, her Etsy shop, and her Flickr.