A Walk through Lima, North to South

I recently spent a few days in Lima, Peru and had a chance to take a long walk with my photographer brother in-law from the center of Lima to the Miraflores District – roughly 4 miles through some of the streets and parks that are along the way.

The purpose of the walk? to do some sightseeing and to shoot some pictures along the way. But not of sights, instead of people I met. This time around I focused, no pun intended, on using my Polaroid instant camera. Getting some “instant” shots meant I could, at the very least, show the pics to the people I met along the way. Below are 8 images I selected, in order from start to finish, along with a small anecdote to let you know a little about the person.

Kelly

I met Kelly in the gift shop of the Museo de Arte by Plaza Grau – just as you enter Lima’s center. She was impressed by my Camera, and even more so when I clicked the shutter and the picture came right out. Amazing, no? everyone is so used to digital cameras now, yet some younger people are oblivious to the technology that existed before – she thought it was the coolest thing to see the picture appear before her eyes. I think so too…

Cantando

Cantando
I met this group next to the “Pabellón morisco” in the “Parque de la Exposición”. They had just left class and were enjoying the glorious weather singing tunes by Los Enanitos Verdes, they obliged and allowed me to shoot a few pics of them.

Samantha

Samantha
Samantha was the only girl in the group of “singers” above, behind her is the “Pabellón Morsico“.

Chips = Serenazgo

Chips
Fran, from Lima’s Sernzago was observing traffic on “El Paseo De la Republica – or better known as “El Zanjon” (the big ditch). His motorcycle is off to the right and not pictured. Over the years lots of men like Fran have emerged and keep traffic and order around a capital that didn’t know any. 10 years ago I would have likely been mugged within two blocks of starting my walk, but now, thanks to many men and women like Fran, walking in Lima is way safe.

El Sr. Frias

Sr. Frias
A block or so from “Officer” Fran we ran into El Sr. Frias who was taking a well deserved break. Frias is a furniture maker and he had several of his (very heavy) pieces strapped to a trike. “I’ve only been out since 11 he said – the hard part is pulling this thing uphill, but now it’s not so bad – I just sold a couple of pieces, so the load is lighter.” And then, with a quick smile and goodbye he dashed off pulling the furniture away…

Doña Pancha

Doña Pancha
When I was a kid my parents used to take me to the National Stadium to eat anticuchos. Doña Pancha; Those days are long gone, but the stands where women like Doña Pancha used to make the tasty grilled skewrs stand. Today Doña Pancha and countless other cooks, prepare lunch for all the flower handlers that work around the block.

El Kiosko de la Sra. Paulina

El Kiosko de la Sra. Paulina
She had enough room to sit and barely space to move around. She was, as you can see, surrounded by countless bags of snacks, chocolates and other goodies. La Sra. Paulina dind’t let me take her picture until she took her glasses off and padded her face a bit. I told her either way she looked great – she blushed. I returned the picture favor by buying some of my favorites – Galletas Chaplin

Isabel

Isabel
The walk ended much like it started. After a 4 miles I ended up with my dad at Larco Mar – we had to park the car while we picked up some gifts for friends back in the states. Again, like Kelly, Isabel was mesmerized by the Polaroid camera. I obliged and took her pic. We both watched in awe as it appeared before our eyes…
2 replies
  1. Collette
    Collette says:

    Martin, as always it’s always brill to see your work. I love the insight you have to people places and things that others us of just may take for granted thank you for sharing these.

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  1. […] got around to scanning some of the polaroids from my Lima trip. This one, along with eight more polaroids are on my photo blog. by Mr. Big Head | 4.30.2010 | Category: Polaroids | Tags: Lima, Peru, […]

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