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.
Here is some film images from my recent three week trip to Peru. These are all from Peru’s capital city of Lima. Pizarro founded the city in 1535 in the valleys of three conjoined rivers, hence the overcast and smoggy air quality as the surrounding desert mountains don’t let the air circulate out to the ocean. Its said to be a dangerous place but I really dig it. Its medieval, depressed, gritty and alive…much more then the more up-scale suburbs that most tourists and Limenos prefer.
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…
Centro Lima is a pretty cool place as long as you can ignore the multitude of warnings almost everybody gives you about how dangerous it is. Even people on the street stop you to tell you not to walk with a camera out. Never had an issue in the 8 months I walked its streets. This is black and white 120 Kodak T-Max 100 ISO.
My small glass of a chilean Pinot Noir I had before heading out to the Dwarf for beers and late night food became this young gents liquid coffin. Mother nature works perfectly and fast down here. Drop a crumb of bread and you’ll a line of ants feasting on it with-in minutes trailing 8 ft. away from the window. Leave a wine glass out and a giant, ancient bug will find a way to get a buzz. There was a spider web across the top as well..a mystery. Did the spider spot and smell the soon to be dead bug and head down to eat?
I was super stoked to get a custom suit made here while in Peru and it was a fun process and came out making me feel like a jewish James Bond. James Greenbond? You get to choose everything down to the color of thread of the buttonholes… lots of secret pockets, colored interior trim, etc…
I proposed it as a story to a local mens magazine here and we sorta shot it yesterday. The drawing of the measurements onto the fabric was really cool and looked like architectural blueprints. I shot about 200 images from a tripod over 10 minutes to capture the tailor making the back panels of a mens suit.
Did a fashion shoot for a local magazine here on Saturday. Quite possibly my first real fashion shoot since starting work in 1995… The 22 year old Argentinian art director had a good vision using this collection of Peruvian couture so wasn’t so hard once I we got the lightening down.
Here is a the on-line publication of A STORY I did a couple months ago for COSAS magazine about the Peruvian Basketball league. Its in Spanish but the story got a nice lay-out.