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
trapezoid is on the west side of the Panamerican highway close to Nasca town.
When the highway was built the end of the feature was destroyed leaving the present
length at about 515 metres. At the end of the trapezoid close to the road is a
small shrine and to one side is a simple cemetery. On the hill on the far side
of the road is a shrine and near the summit a political slogan for the past president
Manuel Odria. There are many other small lines, narrow paths and pockmarks left
by local treasure hunters. In the alluvial flow on the left the black spots are
clumps of specialist plants.
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 63-45-02 © Tony Morrison