Scott Holcomb

Scott Holcomb

Posted on 01/29/2016


Photo taken on September 17, 1975



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Chan Chan
Trujillo
Peru
Yashica ELECTRO 35CC
COLOR-YASHINON DX 1:1.8 f=35mm lens
Kodak 135 daylight negative
HP Scanjet G4050
Photoshop Restoration Project


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Chan Chan

Chan Chan
My father used to exclaim in disgust, "Well, that went over like a lead ball over a Mud Fence", when things went wrong.
The builders of the ancient Chimú city of Chan Chan near Trujillo, Peru might elicit a similar response if they could get a look at the state of their capital now.

This photo from the archives was taken with a Yashica ELECTRO 35CC and a COLOR-YASHINON DX 1:1.8 f=35mm lens using Kodak 135 daylight negative film, the negative scanned with a HP Scanjet G4050 and restored and digitalized with Photoshop tools.

tiltdesign2011, Bruno Suignard, Mitch Seaver, homaris and 6 other people have particularly liked this photo


24 comments - The latest ones
Tacheles
Tacheles
That's a massive one indeed. HFF!
2 years ago.
Scott Holcomb has replied to Tacheles
The New World was only new to the Europeans. Civilizations such as this one in Peru date back many thousands of years.
2 years ago.
Gudrun
Gudrun
They probably thought they had built to last.... HFF, Scott!
2 years ago.
Scott Holcomb has replied to Gudrun
They say that it only rains 0.25 cm a year here in the driest desert in South America - actually, it rains perhaps once every ten years - 2.5 cm in a 15 minute downpour. That is enough to degrade the mud structures over the centuries.
2 years ago.
Steve Bucknell
Steve Bucknell
A mud fence is a first for me, but very impressive. Worth going to Peru, then. HFF.
2 years ago.
Scott Holcomb has replied to Steve Bucknell
Peru is worth a visit if you find interest in multiple layers of civilizations dating back many thousands of years. It is also a land of topographical and climatic contrasts from tropical to desert and coastal plains to 6,000m+ alpine peaks.
2 years ago.
Erhard Bernstein
Erhard Bernstein
HFF - I've never seen a fence like this ...
2 years ago.
Scott Holcomb has replied to Erhard Bernstein
On the dry desert plains of coastal Peru there is no wood - mud is the best building material available.
2 years ago.
Puchinpappy
Puchinpappy
Still defining the city. HFF
2 years ago.
Scott Holcomb has replied to Puchinpappy
It is astounding that the Chimú were able to construct subterranean canals bringing water from the base of the Andes long distances through one of the driest deserts in the world to support a city built of mud with an estimated population of 40,000-60,000
2 years ago.
Ms.Wisteria
Ms.Wisteria
I've never heard of your fathers saying before but it made me laugh out loud. Somehow I am going to say this today. HFF :D
2 years ago.
Scott Holcomb has replied to Ms.Wisteria
Ha ha. I am glad to pass on the saying . . .
2 years ago.
Cheryl Beal
Cheryl Beal
Hahahaha.....HFF!!
2 years ago.
Scott Holcomb has replied to Cheryl Beal
HFF - even if it is a mud fence . . .
2 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
It certainly must have been impressive in its time. HFF.
2 years ago.
Scott Holcomb has replied to tiabunna
The Chimú civilization was a major force in Peru before the Incas conquered Chan Chan.
2 years ago.
Polyrus
Polyrus
A first for me too! HFF!
2 years ago.
Scott Holcomb has replied to Polyrus
Mud fences only work well in very dry climates
2 years ago.
Benny Tonner
Benny Tonner
It's impressive now, wonder what it looked like back when it was built. Nice one, HFF :)
2 years ago.
Scott Holcomb has replied to Benny Tonner
The walls were painted in brilliant colors and sectors of the city were divided into large walled compounds - there was an enormous mud brick pyramid dominating the city. It is an interesting site to visit
2 years ago.
LutzP
LutzP
Very old fence and very interesting too. HFF Scott, have a nice WE
2 years ago.
Scott Holcomb has replied to LutzP
It is melting away very slowly. HFF
2 years ago.
Mitch Seaver
Mitch Seaver
Great image!
2 years ago.
Nylonbleu
Nylonbleu
fantastic !! wonderful antic walls
2 years ago.