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Pura Vista on the road "I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move."

Santa Rosa

Worldwide | Sunday, 17 October 2010 | 4 photos

To the curious viewer, I offer you a "Welcome to Santa Rosa (Bienvenidos a Santa Rosa)" greeting (reference pic. 1). Welcome to a small town where during the month of August the sun will not deny you its warmth and daylight. It is a town where midafternoon you can find the farmer and his wife tossing their harvested grain (reference pic. 2), as the city-foreign passer-byer can only stand and admire such a picturesque display of tranquility. While 360 days out of the year in Santa Rosa seem relatively undisturbed, the opposite stands true during the last week of August. It is a time when the patriotic festivities in honor of the Saint Santa Rosa unleash a week of religious devotion, traditional northern Peruvian dances (reference pic. 3), and exquisite food. These pictures that I have captured are moments that my grandfather and great-grandmother lived through (reference pic. 4), and I with my camera can re-tell the story. Evidently, my time in Santa Rosa with friends and family are memories that I have kept confided to my camera. Yet there is this desire to share with those willing to learn and admire. My interest in this scholarship comes from my strong desire to document through a set of great lenses the stories of many other spectacular towns. A picture honestly paints a thousand words.

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