If you’ve never heard of Mistura, you should Google it. Mistura is an enormous food festival in Lima, Peru, in its 6th year. This year about 350,000 people attended, setting a new record. My favorite part of the fair is being able to try food that’s not from Lima. At Gonzalette the Arequipeños were cooking up alpaca and beef.
Back in April I headed high into the Andes near Cerro de Pasco to photograph for Hino’s corporate publication. The trip required long days in the car and thin air. Before being granted access to the mine and allowed to shoot, doctors on site ran tests to make sure my brain was getting enough oxygen. Luckily I passed and Mother Nature gave me a beautiful blue sky, sunshine and cotton-like clouds. I traveled and worked alongside two other women, both visiting from Hino’s headquarters in Japan. The miners sure thought we were a motley crew! Some of the images I made were published this month.
Back in June Oscar and I published this video on Bread for the World’s website about a Partners in Health program that fights malnutrition in Lima. The program trains mothers to teach other mothers in their own community how to take better care of their children.
That’s one hell of a way to get to school!
Sunrise and sunset in a beautiful place in Apurímac.
I snapped this picture while working on a video story for Storyhunter. The video went on to be a Vimeo staff pick and now has 50,000 views and counting! I am honored and so glad that others are enjoying Alejandro’s story. He’s definitely inspiring.
Last week we went to Lurigancho Prison to interview an inmate for a story Oscar and I are working on. Ever since I moved to Peru I’ve heard of the Lurigancho Prison, known as one of the toughest in South America. While it looks like a prison on the outside, inside the prisoners have established their own society, with social classes, commerce and any kind of food you can find on the street in Peru. In the arid desert landscape the bright green heads of lettuce were hard to miss and, while it has nothing to do with our story, I stopped to make a few frames of the inmates gardening. Not exactly what I expected to find at the infamous Lurigancho!
A few photographs from a recent food assignment for Peruvian business magazine G de Gestión. Care for a little caviar on top of your sushi?
Yet another stop I made on my way through Barranco was at Artesanos Don Bosco. An Italian priest started the non-profit that trains impoverished communities in the Andes in woodworking and other arts, such as painting and textiles. The Lima shop sells the beautiful products and the profits go back to the communities. The quality is stunning.
Some places look better at night. A few more outtakes from The Neighborhood assignment.