LAKE TITICACA BOLIVIA
Fishing boats or balsas and the distant snow-capped Cordillera Real with
one peak, Illampu, touching 6,368 metres (20,842 feet) high. This is close to
the southern shore of Lake Titicaca, a high lake set among snowy Andean peaks.
The mean altitude for the water level is 3,812 metres (12,507 feet). For many
years Titicaca has been noted for the craft made by the Aymara people who live
around the lake. Bundles of dried Totora reeds growing in the shallow water are
held together by ropes of twisted natural grass. When this picture was taken the
Aymara were still using their fishing nets or uru tumina q'ana supported
on a circular wooden frame. Many of the fish that once were abundant have gone
and so too have the hoops. In the foreground a mass of totora reed has been cut
and made ready for gathering.
Leica lll F with a collapsible Leitz f 5 cm 1:3.5 lens. Film Kodak Tri X Pan at
F5.6 - 1/100 second. I used a deep red filter held in front of the lens with sticky
tape as the camera was on loan and the set did not include filters. My film was
cut from bulk rolls and loaded in a re-loadable leica cassette. It was a convenient
low cost way of carrying film but not ideal. The film had to be loaded in the
dark and static electricity always attracted dust which shows on the negative.
Developed by hand in La Paz using May and Baker Promicrol at normal dilution.
Bolivia 61-61-23 © Tony Morrison