Peru Photoblog Part 1: Lima

On 20 August, I left for a short 3 week holiday to Peru, newly-acquired Ricoh Panorama Zoom in hand (thanks, Lucky 35!). For the next little bit, I will play travel photo blogger and take you through my roll of film.

Shooting with film is an inherently more romantic experience of photography. It’s a cliche, but I found it to be true. Limited to just 24 frames, I thought carefully before taking most of my photos. At other times, I dared myself to just go for it. Sure, I could’ve bought more film (it’s pretty cheap in Peru, after all), but I realised I was enjoying the mind games I was playing with myself, and ultimately refrained. I’m stoked with this decision now, as most of my photos have stories behind them.

My first photo was of my friend in Lima but I’ve taken it down from here to protect her privacy. She’s the only grand-daughter in a tight knit matriarchal family unit, three generations across four storeys of the same house in Lima. It’s a beautiful photograph because it juxtaposes her – standing, looking at her laptop, an image of hope for the future, the social mobility their family has worked towards – to the vintage furniture and religious iconography that her grandma still decorates their house with. 

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An old car in a street art tunnel near el Puente de Suspiros (the Bridge of Sighs) in Barranco, Lima, a safe and tranquil part of the city.

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“Think with the heart”. Barranco was covered in street art and I found this mural quite striking. I wasn’t going to take a photo of it, though, until Nikki told me that this style of writing is typically Peruvian and, particularly, Afro-Peruvian. Soley, another Peruvian friend, describes this style as “más peruano que la papa” (more Peruvian than the potato)! You can see more examples if you click here.

Thanks for stopping by! Remember, keep up to date by subscribing in the right-hand column. Click through for the other parts of this series: Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4Part 5 | Part 6.

All photos were shot on 35mm film, using my little Ricoh camera. Check out Lucky35, a vintage film camera exchange based in Sydney.

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