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.
In my last trip to Peru I stumbled upon a ceremony where people came to have their vehicles blessed by a priest in the parking lot of a 200 year old church. The priest from the church was going car to car and showering cars, people, engines, tires and grandmas alike with holy water as well as blessings to ensure the people safe travel. The church, located up a mountain from San Salvador in a tiny enclave named Huanca, hosts the ceremony every year and the 200 or so people had driven from all around Southern Peru.
The 200 year old church which hosts the ceremony is an hour East of Cusco, the city in the South of Peru that one goes to before venturing on to Machu Picchu.
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…
On the way back thru Cusco (the city in Southern Peru which is where u go to see Machu Picchu) from a day trip to the “Sacred Valley” and ruins around the area I noticed a run down theatre type building that was really packed at 10pm. It was part of the city I was not familiar with but walked back where I thought it was and found myself at a Pentecostal church that had just let out. I came back the next night to photograph after being invited by the priest. An issue that troubles me is the spreading of christianity to indigenous peoples around the world. I feel strongly that fragile cultures are and have been (as its been going on for ever) destroyed by the onslaught of the powerful foreign dogma pushed on them from the “saved”. 10,000 year old cultures being poisoned by evangelical freak faith pushers. I hope to explore this topic in the near future.
(Andean women wear different hats according to their cultural sect.. This one, which had been placed on the floor, is one of the infamous, white, super hard top-hats).
Lake Titicaca, one of the worlds highest lakes (12,500ft.) sits on the border of Bolivia and Peru. It was quite beautiful. And the 9 hour drive on the bus from Cusco was equally as beautious….rolling hills, snow-capped peaks, villages, valleys, etc…
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.