May - Bolivia. This
was a scene from Otavi, a Quechua village in the southern highlands. A woman with
shawl and traditional hat is holding a spinning spindle or p'ushka for
wool. It was a market day and the men are dressed in their best home-spun clothes.
I was based in Otavi for ten days with a university team observing a United Nations
project for 'regional development', as it was then known. Otavi was so far from
the outside world we were able to slip into a wonderfully simple daily life. I
did not get a chance to return to Otavi until late in the 1990s by which time
it had grown. Today I would find it difficult to recognise this spot.
Leica lll F with a collapsible Leitz f 5 cm 1:3.5 lens. Film Kodak Tri X Pan at
F 5.6 - 1/500 second. The camera was on loan and my film was cut from bulk rolls
and loaded in a re-loadable leica cassette. It was a convenient low cost way of
carrying film but not ideal. The film had to be loaded in the dark and static
electricity always attracted dust which shows on the negative. Developed by hand
in La Paz using May and Baker Promicrol at normal dilution..
Negative: Bolivia 61/64-33 © Tony Morrison