Machu Picchu, Peru. This ruin in its spectacular mountain setting has become
the icon for Peru and its wonderful Inca heritage. I was lucky to reach the site
before serious tourism began.
Picchu was drawn to world attention in 1911 when the American Yale University
scholar Hiram Bingham reached it during a scientific expedition, though he was
not the first to get there. A National Geographic Magazine of 1913 has many of
his pictures of the site before the vegetation was cleared.
Temple of Three Windows built from hand worked granite is in the northwest of
the site and has a view towards the Urubamba Cordillera. The snowcap of Mt Veronica
is just visible in the clouds 15kms away. Each of the three windows is 1.3 metres
high and overlook the principal plaza. In the middle of the picture a large hand-worked
pillar of granite stands beside an altar, and just visible on the bottom right
is a large sacred stone. Local lore suggests that the three windows reflect the
Inca creation myth. The first Inca is said to have emerged from a central opening
in a hillside called Tamputoco closer to Cuzco.
MPP Microflex Twin Lens Reflex with F3.5 77.5mm Taylor Taylor Hobson lens with
light yellow filter x 1. Film Kodak Verichrome Pan at F11 - 1/125 second. Developed
by hand in Lima, using May and Baker Promicrol at normal dilution.
Peru 61-01-05 © Tony Morrison