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 and was able to camp overlooking the main temples
and principal plaza - the clearing near the centre of this picture.
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.At
the time of my visit many of the walls were dilapidated after being overgrown
by trees and scrub for centuries. Wooden props were placed to support some walls
and restoration had begun.The tiny feature in the middle of the plaza is a sacred
rock. Sometime bertween 1967 and 1972 the rock was removed and is now buried nearby.
MPP Microflex Twin Lens Reflex with f 3.5 77.5mm Taylor Taylor Hobson lens. Film
Kodak Verichrome Pan at F4 - 1/125 second. Developed by hand in Lima, using May
and Baker Promicrol at normal dilution.
Peru 61-04-11 © Tony Morrison