NOTE: "Just Photographs," this weekend, July 20-22, at the Sherman Center. Help spread the word.
PHOTOGRAPHER'S JOURNAL ("Why Here?" part 7): Structures at Machu Picchu show the skills of the greatest Inca stonemasons, designers who made stone sing, who shaped stones into 3D jigsaws so that not a hair's gap showed where the complex angles met. Their skills would have been prized and were reserved for the most important structures.
Those men worked here. At numerous places in the city I stopped and gasped at the sheer virtuosity of their craft and the genius of their art. Why were they brought here? ...Outpost? Fortress? While I was in Machu Picchu, wherever I looked, I always felt at the center of something.