Nasca (Nazca) geoglyphs, Peru desert. The desert surface is covered by a layer
of dark stones lying on top of fine yellow sediment left by an ancient alluvial
deposit. The markings were made by simply moving the stones to one side as on
a giant scraper board. In places the surface is so fragile that even footsteps
25kms from Nasca town, the Panamerican highway seen on the right of the picture
climbs from the Ingenio valley to the Pampa de San Jose. This part of the desert
is covered by a mass of trapezoids, spirals, straight lines and drawings. 1963
saw the greatest damage to the ancient markings when road builders took huge quantities
of stones from the desert. In the bottom right of the picture is a small bar cafe
with a compound for the construction machinery.The white path across the picture
is a dirt road leading to the Nasca river valley, about 14 kms away.
MPP Microflex Twin Lens Reflex with F3.5 77.5mm Taylor Taylor Hobson lens. Film
Kodak Verichrome Pan at F5.6 - 1/300 second with a 3 x orange filter (Actina)
to increase the contrast between the stones and the yellow sediment. Developed
by hand in Lima using Kodak Microdol at normal dilution.
Peru 63-45-11 © Tony Morrison