Watcher

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Our first home was one with a big tree in the middle of a patio. This was an old pine. It was so big that in those days I couldn’t imagine where it ended, it just simply seemed interminable.

It’s natural associate them with mysteries, centuries living and seeing everything. The Nordic cultures were affined to them if I am not wrong, to oaks.

There is a tree that give the immortality, according to bible, and it is older than the humanity. If that tree would exist I am not sure if it would be a blessing, I think the price to pay for the immortality is the absence of love, because love is what motives two persons to join to perpetuate themselves. Or maybe the tree of the immortality is an allegory of the sex and love.

Soft Silk Suede

soft silk suede

 

If you have an iPhone, an android or a Windows Phone (or all three, Why not?) and besides you have a camera (in fact if you have any of them you already have a camera) a moon app is pretty basic.

You can know when the moon is going to be full and if it is going to appears in the day, or if it is going to be a new moon or a black moon to shoot stars clearer or without the blue moonlight.

I prefer to shoot it in the day, it’s easier to see its details without disappear the context.

Imata I: The Blue

there is another reality

there is another reality

Intro

I’m going to put some articles with several photos about a place or a travel. Perhaps in our fast times that is counterproductive but I think that that’s going to give a better understanding of the photographs. I hope to do this at least one time per month, but not more than one per week. This first part is Imata with daylight.

About Imata

Imata is a town between Puno and Arequipa. There was a time when it had more population but today there is no much people, and well, if you hope a tropic place with trees, one thousand birds and girls barely dressed the reality is that the Andes modify the climate so strongly that in fact it is a cold place. I born approximately at 3800 metres above sea level, but Imata is higher: 3930 metres above seal level (12893 feet of altitude) I felt cold but not much and anyway Darwin mentions Dr. Huxley’s studies about the quechuas and, my group, aymaras, we are adapted to our high altitude. So I went just with enough cloths, the lighter possible.

My preparation

To travel the most important thing to me is not the digital camera, but a good pair of shoes, even without food I know what I can do to survive in the highlands, but to do that the shoes are super important. I took my Sony R1 with me, I hadn’t yet my polarizer, and neither my 1000x nd filter nor my reverse graduated square filter. So I went with the naked Zeiss glass. If someone thinks in this age that an UV filter is needed I hope that seeing my photographs that one can see that is completely wrong.

Why Imata

I chose Imata because I wanted some quiet place, my plan was go to some non-touristic place, and in this case there was the promise of waterfalls. Unfortunately they were so far away! Perhaps another day I’ll take a bus. A chose also Imata that specific day because my android app tell me that the moon would be in the day, so I could have a more interesting vista of the sky.

The journey

I was received by caracaras, they are little vultures. They are used to see humans because they didn’t look shy to my presence.

watchers

watchers

I ask for some data but the people seemed not to walk so much to the waterfalls. I understand it, when you live in a place is something common to no have much time to a free time.

I follow the highway and take the fewest images I could, because I think it’s better one good photograph to one hundred blind shots.

sleepers

sleepers

energy

energy

163 reasons in blue

163 reasons in blue

touch desire

touch desire

calm frontier

calm frontier

In Perú you are going to see crosses in the highways. Actually they are memorials to remember relatives that died in accidents. Would be great if those crosses were just a few but the sad truth is that highway accidents are frequents.

in memorian

in memorian

The caracaras are omnipresent and has no fear to pose to my lens (is that or I look half dead haha).

caracara

caracara

The town is behind and the drivers are surprised to see me. Is a bit uncomfortable because I am well dressed so I don’t understand very well the stares. So I walk a bit far from the highway which is cool because there are greater vistas with less garbage.

first class seat

first class seat

smile

smile *w*

Moon over blue

moon over blue

Richness

Richness

relax

shadow

Superdimensional fortress

Superdimensional fortress

we would like 2 be free

we would like to be free

 

one can b

one can

Volant and Manent

Volant and Manent

Rebirth

Rebirth

ephemeral museum

ephemeral museum

glazing pano

Glazing

Sutil

Sutil

And that’s everything for this first part. The next part, the next week, will be “Imata II: The Gold”

Mars

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I had old comics and science fiction tales that spoke of a certain future where we would be travelling to the space with the same difficulty than one take a plane to go to another city.

I read them in the eighties and those years the terrorism had almost destroyed the country, in some way the state was concentrate just to parts of the capital city, so we, frontier’s people, lived in an anarchy, with no much tv, and when we had tv we hadn’t electric energy lol. Thus, although those stories were wrote in sixties to my childhood they feel enough futuristic.

So I tend to think these years, with a mini-computer in my pocket with touch screen and portable tv; a laptop where I can write (I don’t use a noisy typewriter anymore) and design buildings with complex systems; and cameras that can follow my fantasies where a film camera would be something so expensive to shot just 36 exposures; and well, so many things, we are not yet in Mars nor travelling to Alpha Centauri in an intergalactic bus to see the cousins on weekend, but anyway I am still thinking these times not as the present but the future.

Fortunately the predictions about fashion were wrong!!, I prefer a plain t-shirt, a pair of mocs and a simple and classic jeans to a plastic costume with colorful boots (but I could use a cape:D)

PostData: I took the photograph between the cities of Moquegua and Ilo, the phenomenon of mist coming from the sea is called camanchaca.

Apus

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To understand the cities in the country were was the Inca Empire one has to know first a bit of the mythic origins: in few words every people is bonded to a determined place. This place can be a mountain, a lake, a rock, an island. In the mythic origins the humans were produced from these places, whose names are pacarinas.

In this believing there not exist a god or gods creators. Instead there are a lot of human groups that take care of a pacarina. There are some more important than others, in the case of the incas it was first a hill called Tampu Tocco. Inca Garcilazo de la Vega (son of an Inca princess and a spanish invader) wrote about the Titicaca Lake as the mythical pacarina but that could be a distant mirror of the old times before the incas came to once would be the imperial city Qosqo (misnamed Cusco or Cuzco).

My apu is called Huaynarroque, for example. The volcano in the photograph is called Misti that means white, perhaps in an analogy similar to the Mount Kilimanjaro. But I think that If it is an apu is one very recent.

An apu more than a god is a living ancestor, I hope that tradition survive our incipient modernization, but sadly the news about invaders in sacred places are not uncommon, and the worse is that they are not poor people but people that wants the easy way to do the things.

Usually the apus have crosses on their tops. That was a way to mix religions I suppose, so they are old crosses, I want to believe that they were put in there without violence, but the invasion wasn’t one peaceful but was our end of the civilized world. Fortunately something new was born and is something real that every civilization has its moments and declines but always its apparent destruction is important to build something sometimes better.