I just made this epic tome of my images from Peru. I built it as a book dummy and portfolio piece. Its about 160 pages and is being printed on high quality, Ilford Pearl Lustre paper with archival end pages, an oatmeal colored linen cover with this cool, wrap around cover sheet. You can view it here and even order one though its damn expensive. My concept for the book was to show different vignettes and photo stories from my 9 months of travel in Peru in 2009 and have fun, colorful chapter breaks with grids of various cultural items. Some examples below.
The PBR professional bull-riding rodeo is back gracing our shores here in NYC. I shot it a few years back for the Huffington Post but never got it up here on MPT so here is a link to the full photo-story. I’ve posted a couple images below along with the text which I penned (something I rarely do). I was drawn to the event as its quite a juxtaposition having this old Western tradition in the middle of the concrete jungle.
“The Professional Bull Riders rodeo came to Madison Square Garden January 9th-11th, and the smell of 700 tons of dirt and cow manure brought out every closeted cowboy this side of the Gowanus Canal. In its modern incarnation what with jumbo-trons, pyrotechnics and corny patriotic salute to the U.S Border Patrol (a corporate sponsor), the event was basically NASCAR with live, angry animals. The fans cheered their favorite riders to eight seconds of glory, but the Garden became eerily silent when competitors were stomped and gored by their 2,000 lb. adversaries, hands slowly dipping back into their nachos as they watched the replay of the carnage above.”
Was happily startled by this scene the other day walking behind the Brooklyn Museum on the way home. Distracted by museum detritus in a giant dumpster I looked up and was about 15 ft from this sort of “urban” National Geographic scene. Was fascinating. The hawk was pulling the feathers off the neck area of the bird before eating and feathers slowly drifted across the street and into the air. The head was about 30ft away. Cars would drive by getting with-in 6 ft and she held her ground. Thinking of using the tags on her left leg to see if I can identify it thru the tagging system (is there an App for that?) but feel free to yourself and let me know if you get any info on this bad-ass Brooklyn bird.
Just returned the other day from my second jaunt to the land of my girlfriend. Spent 3 weeks, a couple in Lima then a week in the south where my moms and I tackled a day on the famed Inca Trail and then took in Machu Picchu. Twice in 9 months..never thought that would happen..so don’t need to go there for about 5 years but lots more to see in Peru. I would like to visit a more recently discovered ruin in the north named “Kuelap” that is said to rival Machu Picchu and gets just a handful of tourists. Also, the deserts of Ica are amazing for paleontology. Take a walk back in there and u will literally stumble on exposed whale skeletons.
All the images here are from my G9 Point and Shoot. I shot 20 rolls of film but haven’t gotten them souped yet. The images are actually in the chronological order I shot them starting on Dec 21 to Jan 11th. Lots more to come…
Bugs. All sorts of bugs. I am not sure what specific little bastards ate us raw during the 4 workshops that we conducted in the Amazon but they surely had their way with us. I only caught it in the neck and back and feet but the rest of the group had a plethora of suffering in different spots… We were told it was the “white mosquito” that was tormenting us, a tiny, quiet feaster. This is just one of the reasons I am not upset I will not be returning anytime to soon to the Bajo Urubamba.
The Holga camera is a 120 or 2 1/4 film camera with a plastic lens. It vignettes, distorts and falls apart while using it. It is generally used to impart an antique, artful vision to your photographs. I started to use them in school in the early 90′s and continue to as their simplicity is a respite from the hyper-techincal side of photography. The camera has virtually no functions..a focus dial with little pictures of one person, two people, a group of people or a mountain and shutter speed settings, normal (60th of a sec.) and Bulb (which is setting for holding open the shutter indefinitely). It has recently had a crazy resurgence in popularity and now comes in multiple models, colors and the lens are being made to fit DSLR’s. Their is even an iPhone app to make your photos appear as if they were taken with one….You never know what ur going to get with a Holga, one of its simple beauties.
The last time I was in the community I am working with in the southern Amazonian region of Peru, there was a ceremony for kids graduating from kindergarten. It was at this weird event (natives listening to french waltz, children dressed in western garb, baked goods!) that I was a witness to an array of jungle cakes the world has seldom seen. Either baked in one of the few mud ovens around the community or just sealed up in molds and cooked over heat on gas burners, the cakes were walked thru a heavy rain to the community building. These funky looking, nuclear colored American totems struck me as an interesting note showing the current waves of globalization washing over our shrinking world.
and here is a short video of the proceddings: