Each of the photos taken during this project tell their own story. We hope you’ll join us in telling them.
Take a moment to enjoy some more of our favourite photos from our Participatory Photography Project.
“Yesenia altering the compuerta level! There is a huge amount of contention over the compuertas, which are supposed to divide water between families and communities but in reality are unregulated and mismanaged. I tried to get a low angle to bring the compuerta itself into the foreground.”
“Louise’s new favourite rock, a morning of rock climbing and scrambling. One of the best ways to start the day. Tried to get a feel of distance and the sheerness of the rock.”
“Our homestay family enjoying the Pachamanca at the community centre. From the left it’s Eugenio, Carlos, Nancy and Juan Carlos. They are wonderful people, and are so incredibly and infectiously smiley. They really helped make the expedition the experience it was.”
“A pair of horses, with the majestic pass leading up to the Llaca valley in the background. In the UK horses are now an ultimate symbol of recreation – a luxury for those with the money and the time, but here they are still very much working animals.”
“Carmen holding medicinal plants picked from the garden: pimpinela and aleli.”
“Nancy showing me how to milk a cow, for my very first time! I wasn’t very good at it to say the least but it was very exciting. I love the physicality and practicality of farming – the contact with the earth and the animals. It’s hard work though!”
“The adobe blocks near Nancy and Carlos’ house, laid out ready for construction work. Adobe block building is typically a man’s job and is highly water-intensive. It is a dry season activity only. I liked the simple, monotone pattern of the blocks when focused on close-up.”
“Canalisation in Cachipampa. This was one of the fastest-flowing points that we saw. Many people have concerns about animals and children falling into the water and being swept away. Here the canal looks almost abstract though.”
“The under-managed compuertas that are the source of so much contestation here in Cachipampa. This compuerta is one that Chase and I was being used by a lady who was directing irrigation water to her farm for 3½ hours. “