Lake Titicaca Cerro Calvario View

Ceremonies on the Shores of Lake Titicaca

Drifters, A green tourist bus grumbled and hissed to a stop by a large, white anchor on the shore of Lake Titicaca. A group of travelers — some with unkempt, dreaded hair, khaki hiking boots, and brightly colored backpacks — staggered off the bus and settled into lounge chairs facing the lake. They pulled their coats tightly and summoned a server to provide them with steaming cups of coffee. I, on the other hand, walked north along the lake, passing a row of boats and towards a footpath that would lead me around Copacabana’s sacred mountain: Cerro Calvario....

14 April 2023 · 5 min · 1031 words · Jeremy Bassetti

Photography Projects as Research Projects?

Dear Drifters, I met Rosa standing in front of the Templo de San Ildefonso in Quillacollo. She and a group of photographers — a syndicate of photographers, according to the logo on their matching vests — were taking tourist photographs of pilgrims who visited during the Festival of the Virgin of Urkupiña. After taking a photos of pilgrims standing in front of the church or its altar, the photographer would print it on the portable Epson printer they schlepped around with them....

14 March 2023 · 5 min · 922 words · Jeremy Bassetti

The Hill of the Skull

The Hill of the Skull is the title of my new book. To get notified when my new book’s crowdfunding campaign launches, sign up to the campaign on Kickstarter or sign up to the email list below. After the crowdfunding campaign ends, I’ll delete this list and your email addresses. Sign Up Loading... Thank you! You have successfully joined the list.  If you're also interested in seeing incremental updates, use the social media links below to follow along....