Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ruins

In any other country, or at least in america, if I were to see the ruins of an old hollowed out building, or even an old building foundation, I would pause and try to briefly create a plausible story of whythat decaying piece of civilization resides in that particular location. In Peru these husks have been scattered everywhere, in cities, the countryside, unfinished second stories. These discarded leftovers are so ubiquitous I am no longer concerned with their individual histories. In fact the culture seems to have a deep and rich history of discarded ruins as evidenced by the eroded mud brick temples of their ancestors. I guess it really tells a piece of the story of a fairly impoverished area where land is cheap and subsistence is easy.

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