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
low hills 6 kms from Nasca town. In 1963 I was looking for Maria Reiche on the
desert and flying at about 200 metres spotted her standing by her pick-up truck
here to the left side of the picture. This small complex of clearings, straight
paths and hills included the whale-like design which Maria was studying. Other
features in this picture are car tracks leading to the hills, several small enclosures,
pockmarks left by local treasure hunters and alluvial fans.
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 63-44-10 © Tony Morrison