KENKO (Q'UIQU) CUSCO,PERU. This zigzag channel is supposedly an Inca divination
device and part of the large shrine of Kenko about 4 kms from the centre of Cusco.
The channel is carved in rock and any liquid poured into the shallow basin flows
through the zigzag and into one of two outlets at the end. In 1961 when I took
this picture the local Quechua people still held Kenko as deeply sacred and the
small receptacles on the right were filled with offerings to the mountain spirits.
Leica lll F with a collapsible Leitz f 5cm 1:3.5 lens. Film Panatomic X at F5.6
- 1/100 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. Hand-processed in Lima using
May and Baker Promicrol at normal dilution.
Peru 61-20-26 © Tony Morrison