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cactuswatcher
Jun. 26th, 2011 03:18 am (UTC)
You said your companion took many more pictures. For her art work? My sister used to take many pictures for her painting, a lot of which were trees, bushes or rocks, which were mostly of interest just to her.
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 26th, 2011 12:35 pm (UTC)
She didn't take more pictures than me, really, it's just hers are still with us and mine are long gone. What's interesting is the subject matter. What you are seeing are her photos that I've chosen to show. She is more interested in people and animals and every ceramic object in the museums, I am more interested in architecture, landscapes, and the ancient writing examples in the museums. So I pick through hers for the stuff that I would have taken photos of, or the stuff I feel was representative of the trip for me.

The fact that we are relying on her photos is also why I appear so often and she doesn't until the end. All the pics of her were lost with my camera.
cactuswatcher
Jun. 26th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
I took a trip with my sister and her husband about the time I graduated from high school. My BIL (now my sister's ex) is a big photography nut. He loaned me a camera and gave me all the film I could use. I took pictures of everything. When we got back to their place we developed them in the back room. It was nice having the pictures, but I felt like I'd spent so much time taking pictures I hadn't seen anything. After that I tend to look first and take pictures later. I know that can be difficult when you're on a tour.

It's interesting that those photos that you've picked look like a very complete set of trip photos. Even with all of yours missing and just a sampling of hers I think I have a good idea of everywhere you went. I've seen documentaries of Machu Piccu for instance, but I think I got a better idea of what the site looks like from her photos.
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 26th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
I pulled maps of all the archeological sites off the internet so I could properly label everything and give an idea of the path we took around each ruin to help contextualize the photos. It makes them more meaningful, I think. For ex, a lot of the photos I rejected for the album were ones that could have been taken anywhere, they didn't have a good context, or they gave no flavor of the place itself.
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 26th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
It was interesting, the days after Machu Picchu when I didn't have a camera, having so sit still and just look at the scenery and hope Deborah took shots of stuff that was just begging for photos. Sometimes I couldn't stand it and just mooched her camera off her. I bought a disposable camera at one point but it only had 27 shots (painful after you've gotten used to having 2,700).

Back in them thar "olden days" when you had to carry film around everywhere if you expected to take so many shots, you were more selective and less ready to lift up the camera for every damned thing.

But I do love the digital age where you can take ten of the same thing and pick the best, too. It's a trade off between "I MUST capture the pretty!" and "Sit down, shut up, and enjoy the view."
cornerofmadness
Jun. 26th, 2011 03:31 am (UTC)
i'm fascinated by the stone work
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 26th, 2011 12:36 pm (UTC)
Which ones? The walls or something else?
cornerofmadness
Jun. 26th, 2011 01:45 pm (UTC)
alll of it
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 26th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
I found the stone work in all the sites we visited really fascinating. A lot of it I am going to try to get decent prints of to frame on the wall.
cornerofmadness
Jun. 26th, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
many of them, the walls, are so perfectly cut there is no mortar which still baffles scientists on how they did it.

it would make cool wall art
harsens_rob
Jun. 26th, 2011 04:07 am (UTC)
It's beautiful... I just wonder....
When I first moved to my house, I was fascinated with the St. Clair River (for those not visiting my site, I live on an island -- Harsens Island, if you want to Google or BINK it).

Now it has become so familiar, I only realize how lucky I am when others mention how 'cool' it must be to live on an island.

So, I wonder - are the locals aware of how amazing their scenery is, or is it only visitors who grasp how 'must take picture' beautiful their view is...?

Thank you for sharing, by the way. I really love seeing views from others' perspective. Sometimes the world seems so small and 'just like us', so it is nice to see things we (U.S.-centric) haven't seen before.
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 26th, 2011 12:39 pm (UTC)
Re: It's beautiful... I just wonder....
My experience is you appreciate your scenery as a local when you're a transplanted local, but if you grow up there, you take it for granted until you move some place else. What struck me about Lima vs. Cusco is how grimy and urban Lima is in comparison. The people are completely modern with jeans and windbreakers and iPods, but their scenery isn't a shadow of their poorer country cousins, who, other than heavy rains in the summer, seem to live in this gorgeous natural paradise.
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