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.
While in China a couple months ago I visited the rural province of Jinagxi which is the SouthEast, about 6 hours from Shanghai. While walking a road thru a lush mountain valley on the way to an isolated village I was struck by the incredible amount of insects and reptile buzzing, hopping and slithering about. The snakes were so prevalent they were ubiquitous roadkill.
In October I went to China to visit family and during my two-week trip there my mother and I ventured into the South Eastern province of Jianxi, a rural area full of farms, the city that originated blue painted porcelain ceramics to the world and of 1000 year old “postal roads”. These trails, in-which mail was delivered, meander thru and over lush mountain valley’s connecting isolated ancient villages. We did a 9 mile hike (uphill by mistake…sorry mom!.) and ended in Big Liking, one of a handful of hamlet style villages surrounding the small city of Wuyuan. I was struck by the architecture, the serenity, the simplicity, the human shit used for fertilizer. We walked around this tiny village and others nearby for two days and these are my images.
Inside an 800 year old Hall.
Antique barber chair.
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…
was good fun if you don’t mind a bad case of altitude sickness. If I get it at 15,000 ft. does that mean a summit attempt of Everest is out of the question? Even with the vomiting, a constant headache, the inability to stomach eating dinner for 2 nights in a row after hiking 10 miles a day, it was still worth it (at least in retrospect..).
Huraz, Peru is a small town that is the jump off point for people going to adventure in one of the highest mountain ranges in the world. It was a 9 hour bus ride from Lima. I did a 3 nite, 4 day trek. Was beauteous and quite relaxing as we had mules carrying out backpacks. It snowed once, rained a bit and on our hardest day marching to the pass we were down to t-shirts. The 12 person group included, Swiss, Germans, Aussie’s, French, English and Spaniards. My job down here allows me almost 3 weeks off a month so trying to make the best of it though my Spanish lessons are suffering greatly.
and a little plug for one of my cameras. About 80% of these images were shot with the point & shoot Canon G9 and its an amazing camera. It is my first new camera I have ever owned. The new version is the G10 and is possibly even better. 28mm lens, 14.7 mpeg files (though its sensor is smaller then a DSLR’s), RAW capabilities, nice video quality, fully manual settings.. Love it.