Puno city – view from the hill

gaia

Gaia

 

Days ago I went to Puno city, it’s a city in a bay in Titicaca lakeshore in the Peruvian side from said lake. It’s the capital of the region with the same name since the coming of the Spaniards. The old capital, Paucarcolla, was much higher because in our culture is wrong contaminate the nature, and much more the Titicaca lake that is a sacred cocha (cocha is the word mostly for lagoons but I think it apply for big lakes too), so actually Puno it’s a problem to the environment. It looks beautiful from a distance but closer it reveals the problems of a city that wouldn’t be there, at least not without technology to treat the water from the sewers and regulate a serious normative to create buildings integrated into the landscape. Uh, reading me seems that I’m going to postulate to mayor LOL. Well, I went to analyze a property, it has no buildings and to my surprise had a great view to the lake and itself is naturally beautiful. I take several technic photographs, but as architect I’m interested in the beauty so although technical I tried to capture the beauty of the land. I am going to work a project that respect and have the minimum impact in the nature.

I went early in the morning, so it was cold. I learnt that a metallic tripod has its disadvantages when its surface is so cold to grab :S Next time I’ll use gloves.

melting in light

melting in light

I travelled specifically to know if the sunrise was seen from the property. In the maps it was possibly but people don’t live on maps but in places with buildings. In this case the sunrise is not direct so the views has to been exclusively to the lake.

conqueror

conqueror

subtle

subtle

 

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minimal landscape

I stitched three photos to the next image, but there was margins. But I like them so I let them as a frame instead of cropping.

a whole world in a sphere

world in a bottle

heights of puno

heights of Puno

resistance

resistance

a tree made of light

a tree made of light

ichu

Ichu

above us an old tree

above us an old tree

lonely tree

lonely tree

waiting 4 u

waiting 4 u

magic door

magic door

a leaf

green eye

lil kisses

lil’ kisses

unison falling into harmony chords

unison falling into harmony chords

secret patterns

secret patterns

another yellow flower

another yellow flower

And that was all, I took many photos more (110 in total I think), but mostly to know the land and have more data to prepare my design with a solid base, so for don’t do this post boring I let u a photo I took near that hill ;-)

tree caressing cat

tree caressing cat

Road To Capua River

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Time ago a classmate from Arequipa invite me to go to Capua Waterfalls, this is near Yura in the Southwest of Perú. They aren’t amazing or big waterfalls, but the path give time to talk and walk under the sun of the desert. It was a pity that she injured a foot. I was experimenting with the camera, an Olympus bridge with small sensor, so you are going to see images stitched with empty spaces and perhaps photographs that could be better, but I like them so I don’t worry so much. After see the limitations in resolution and functions I decided to go with a better camera, and the Olympus was very good.

The Olympus is so good that even with malfunction as is was in that time and today took good images.

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endure the time

In those times I was trying digital filters, today I don’t do much of that anymore, I feel them as distractions.

someone observing all

someone observing all

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textures of green

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Triptych

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orange energy

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circle and triangle

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between light and shadow a blue road

Naturally I took several photos of her, and to her, not for the blog, for that reason I’m just posting two of those because she is not recognizable and weren’t posed but composed by me.

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I have to see

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fractal organism

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lines and dots

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sprawled gold

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oblation to blind blue heaven

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the mysterious field of wild strawberries

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toy trees

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loneliness

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grades of shades

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soft surface

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v

one choice and nothing more

streaming

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primitive eye

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there is no path just ur feet

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nature in movement

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fearful waterfall

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let’s sleep

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perdurable fluir

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piedra negra

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Arachne

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frozen fire

And that’s Capua, certainly it’s a small place but in there is no place where there isn’t nothing to be recorded. It’s incredible to me how can live people there under a Sun so strong, but then again to them is incredible that I can walk with light clothes in my city that to them has a very cold weather.

Also was great to find spots with so much green:

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Green firmament of leaves

Sillustani

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Viking fires for King Arthur

 

Last year I lost several photos, hundreds, thousands perhaps. It doesn’t matter, I’ve my memories and what I lived is more important. Despite that it was a great relieve that not everything was lost. Indeed I copied before the end some of the photographs, so I think these photographs are survivors :-) I took hundreds of photos in Sillustani but now I have just less of fifty. I used the Olympus SP-500uz a bridge camera with a little sensor, that was before filters, nd grads, or even a tripod, but the place is so beautiful that it’s hard to not take a beautiful photograph.

The one I choose as first image is representative of Sillustani. Sillustani is an old cemetery used for the noble people, qhapaqs for example. But you have to take into account that in our world or culture the dead are not dead, they live, it’s just another way of life: they still have their family and their properties. I am not sure but probably their bodies were in home and the uta Amaya (what is called improperly chullpa) is just a symbol.

Is for that reason that I entitled the image with king Arthur, in a certain way these place, this singular cemetery, is the memorial for kings (qhapaqs) or nobles or wealthy people, that actually aren’t dead, just living another live. Dreaming.

Atuncolla:

Sillustani is half way between my city, Juliaca, and the capital of the region, Puno. You have to take a taxi to Sillustani that is preceded by Atuncolla. An old town I think considering the architecture.

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Lithic Times

 

Umayo Lagoon:

Sillustani has a view over the Umayo Lagoon. The water has a special meaning, and it’s venerated, it multiply the sacred character of Sillustani. Probably it was the pacarina of the nobles (pacarina is a special place with a lagoon, lake, mountain, or hill that it’s bonded with you the same way a grandfather with his grandchild)

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dead eyes seeing us

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between two oceans

The Road toward Sillustani:

You have to buy a ticket and that’s all, just walk the road and see with open eyes and hear the silence. Sillustani is a special place. I don’t like to take photographs to cemeteries, but Sillustani is something more than a cemetery, it’s a machine with other functions, with other meanings. There is a mystery and we don’t remember it yet.

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nervous Zig-Zag

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lands touching the sky

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Cartography of Islands of Greenland

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between realms

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Aymara EVA

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last stand

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eternal conversation

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blood fire flower

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surviving piece of magic machine

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stone angel wings

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symmetrical reflex

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prison of three stones

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watcher of the infinite waiting

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a hole where should be my heart

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together forever and one day more

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I was here, I am here

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I’ve seen things u wouldn’t believe

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skin

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you are me, I am you

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ruins of ancient telecommunicator

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spiral snail

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we’re giants too!

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Shall we play?

And that was a bit of my visit to Sillustani. You cannot see it in the photographs but the towers are truly giants. They were built with the nature in mind to the scale, but they don’t look threatening, a design with soft curves help to see them instead friendly. As I said the death in Perú has a meaning totally different from what the Spanish invaders believed. We have to care our dear relatives even in the grave because they still deserve our affection and respect.

It was always like this; and always  will be like this.