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
the centre of this picture where two lines meet there is an outline of a figure
thought to be a whale. Also in the image is a small complex of straight markings,
some parallel and some with wider clearings. There are piles of stones and here
and there pockmarks where local treasure hunters have dug. Close examination shows
footprints near the lines and a few old vehicle tracks. On the left is part of
a large alluvial fan. These markings are about 6kims from Nasca town and the image
was taken from a height of about 80 metres.
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 63-44-08 © Tony Morrison