Archive for February, 2012

Musuk Nolte – Decierto

February 23, 2012

While in Lima last month, I visited Galeria Lucila de la Puente in Barranco where I came across the following photo.

Musuk Nolte - Decierto

I had assumed it was an intervention in the desert, land art. In fact, the line designates plots of land in a soon to be occupied settlement on the outskirts of Lima. The photo is part of a series by Peruvian photographer Musuk Nolte called “decierto”, a play on the words desert and “decir” (to say). It contains austere photos of traces of human settlement on the land surrounding the Peruvian capital. The gallery’s website has a selection of images from the series. Nolte also belongs to a collective of photojournalists, Versus Photo, which shows a very different style of work.

Musuk Nolte - Decierto

Musuk Nolte - Decierto


Studio Thomas – Iquitos, Peru

February 1, 2012

I lucked out. I managed to rent the exact same apartment I had last year in Iquitos. It’s nothing special, but I like the light from the window. Here’s a shot of my very basic “studio”:

My living room in Iquitos

Some of my favorite images from last year were taken in this very spot. I remember at the time feeling guilty for not getting out more (although I did a lot of that too). It seemed impossible that I could make great photos just within the confines of my apartment, especially in such a fascinating city. However, after nine months of ruminating on my work from last year, I decided these portraits are really the core of the project and I could stand to have a few more.

Here’s one from last year, to give you an idea: