APRIL LAKE TITICACA BOLIVIA.
Lake Titicaca, fishing boats or balsas and the distant snow-capped
Cordillera Real with one peak, Illampu, touching 20,842 feet (6,368 metres) 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 12,507 feet (3,812 metres).
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.
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..
Negative: Bolivia 61-64-33 © Tony Morrison