PERU

A LAND OF CONTRASTS…

PERU

A LAND OF CONTRASTS…

PERU

A LAND OF CONTRASTS…

PERU

PERU IS ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE COUNTRY ON EARTH. IT’S GOT EVERYTHING : OCEAN, DESERT, VOLCANOES, GLACIERS, JUNGLE…ETC AND A UNIQUE IDENTITY PARTICULARLY ! I’VE HAD THE CHANCE TO EXPLORE IT FOR YEARS, AS A TRAVELER OF COURSE, BUT ALSO AS A TREKKING GUIDE. BY FOOT, BY CAR OR BY MOTORBIKE, I’VE ENJOYED EVERY TRIP I’VE DONE IN THIS COUNTRY. EMBARK ON A JOURNEY WITH ME, AND GET TO SEE THE PERU I KNOW…

PALCCOYO COMMUNITY

BREATH OF MODERNITY – PALCCOYO COMMUNITY

In the high Andean mountains of the Cusco region, at 4,300 meters above sea level, the community of Palccoyo has lived for generations. Deeply rooted in its Quechua culture and attached to its traditional activity of pastoralism, this community has always lived isolated from the rest of the world. Here, there is no telephone network or Internet. Little Neymar could therefore have grown up there peacefully in the affection of his loved ones, his teddy bear and in the natural light of the sun if, recently, access to electricity had not allowed the introduction of television in several homes.

Since then, while some still enjoy moments of shared complicity and silent contemplation of the play of light on the walls of houses, more and more children and parents alike are captivated by the artificial light of this screen, which extend the day in the darkness of the night.

Admittedly, the traditions persist, always maintained by the elders, but the breath of modernity is not far away and insinuates itself into the minds, threatening a cultural identity and an intergenerational understanding preserved until now. Eyes meet less often, words sometimes come up against incomprehension, the memory of the elders, finding little echo among the new generations, is slowly walled up in silence, and parents are worried about having to protect their children against certain addictions or dangers that they had not imagined and for which they are not necessarily armed. Little by little, roads are built and the idea of exploiting their natural heritage, their traditions and their crafts in the development of local and community tourism begins to grow in their minds…

Change is underway and the community of Palccoyo will not escape it, to the detriment, certainly, of part of its cultural identity and its authenticity. Should we regret it…? Maybe, who knows ? Any change comes with its own set of pros and cons. The community of Palccoyo is in the making. We will always have these images to tell its story…

HIGHLANDS OF CUSCO REGION

HIGHLANDS OF CUSCO REGION

Cusco is for me the most interesting region in all Peru. It’s not only a city, but a province also. And it’s from far the richest historically, culturally, and the most diverse in terms of nature and wonders…
I particularly spent a lot of time exploring its highlands, where the Quechua culture is still very present.
I’m currently working on a photography project, documenting the lives of native Quechua people living in these highlands. I’m interested in particular topics such as the effects of globalization on this community or the generational gap that is quickly increasing, plus the insane environment in which they live in.
Here’s a glimpse of what it is like to wander in these high and remote valleys…

HIGH JUNGLE OF CUSCO REGION

HIGH JUNGLE OF CUSCO REGION

Behind a high mountain pass and towards Machu Picchu, there’s a lush green and humid environment, surrounded by impressive 6,000-meter snow capped mountains. The nature is raw, wild, and the valleys impressive ! I’ve had the chance to photograph this stunning environment, and to meet lovely families who live there. They allowed me to document their lives…

DESERT ALONG THE PACIFIC COAST

DESERT ALONG THE PACIFIC COAST

Very recently, I’ve had the chance to cross Peru from North to South, alone on a motorcycle, along the Pacific coast. I’ve been amazingly surprised by how arid and desolate it is. But I enjoyed so much this extreme feeling of adventure ! A classic day looked like this : riding through amazing sand dunes, but always reminded how dangerous this could be being alone, on my own, in such a hostile environment. At the end of the day, I usually reached civilization along the Pacific ocean, and I could enjoy some amazing fresh sea food with a small beer…

THE PANAMERICAN HIGHWAY

THE PANAMERICAN HIGHWAY

Sometimes, some long journeys are necessary. They could be very annoying for many people. But not for me. When I have the opportunity, and to pass the time, I have fun photographing everything I can, and trying to translate my feelings, through the window. The famous Panamerican Highway never leaves me indifferent.
Here’s a series about it, shot during a three-day miserable trip…

ONE OF THOSE ROAD TRIPS

ONE OF THOSE ROAD TRIPS

After driving thousands of kilometers on the Panamerican highway, the ascent towards the high plateaus is always interesting. The weather and the quality of light are often here to remind you how wild this country is.
Photographing my roadtrips has become a nice hobby of mine…

QUECHUA YOUTHHOOD

QUECHUA YOUTHHOOD

A small photographic project on young Quechua kids. Their world intrigues me.
I try to immerse myself into their youth, so different from the one I had at first sight,
but in the end, not so much..

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MORE PHOTOS FROM MY DIFFERENT JOURNEYS…