“Necessity”, the mother of inventive head injuries.

Jaw dropping differences in safety practices  from the suburban landscapes of the US with this main throughfare in Iquitos, Peru, a Northern jungle town accesible only by air or water, left me safely standing in the middle of an intersection for 2 hours. Advertisements

The horror….., the horror…..

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…

Lovely(?) Holga mishaps in the jungle

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…

Road trip to the South of Peru

Fiorella nailed this just 80km from Lima.  Part of a roadside billboard. For Christmas and New Years I ventured, along with my lady, to the Southern regions of Peru.  As a lover of road-trips I pushed for using the car and taking our time.  We seemed to enter a new eco-system every day..desert, dunes, coastal…

Lima, the new Paris…(?)

But with a slightly different kind of dog.  And restaurant.   I took this the other night after eating dinner in a slightly sketchy area adjacent to my hood.  This place was one of the ubiquitous “pollerias” (place with chicken) that seem to be 4 to a block.  This was a “la Brasa” which serves their…

Ugly Cakes of the Amazon

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…

Images from my last and last jaunt to the jungle

The Andes out of the 8 seater plan I was lucky enough to take for the last two trips to the jungle forgoing the triathlon of nausea I was getting sick of. The downside of flying to the amazon is being stuck at the base camp of the oil company we are being sponsored by. …

Bullfighting in all its strange glory.

Peru has one of the oldest bullfighting rings in the world.  It dates back to the 1700’s.  It was my first bullfight and was an intense experience.  Hot, dusty, bloody & cruel but steeped in tradition with colorful pomp and circumstance, this spectacle is a cultural relativist’s dream debate.  Is it a sport?  Not sure. …

Shamans and Gamarra.

The neighborhood of Gamarra is a bustling shopping and garment district on the outskirts of Lima.   Besides hundreds of cheap clothing stores, black market brand rip-offs and fabric suppliers it also has a large number of vendors who have shaman supplies.  Need a llama fetus? Got it.  Leopard head? check.  Or maybe you would rather…