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    The Other Path

    This week we are featuring a photo taken by Daryl Peveto from his essay The Other Path, looking at the black market economies of Peru. 

    Caption:
    Chupaca, Peru, January 27, 2007 – Grandmother, Zedora Oseda, right, laughs with her daughter, Esperanza Sonario, as Sonario’s husband, Marco, tries to fit all of his sheep into their Toyota hatchback. The family left with 27 sheep in and on top of the car, with the rest of the family in tow walking behind the car. The animal market is a staple of the region, where families come to buy and sell chickens, sheep, pigs, cows, and goats, as well as those who slaughter the animals and sell of individual parts. 

    About the Image:
    I heard about this market while traveling through the highlands looking for any remnants of Sendero Luminoso, a Maoist insurgency that terrorized Peru during the ’90’s. Unfortunately it is only on Saturdays, and it would have put me behind schedule by a week to wait for it. So I went ahead to my next destination and ended coming back for the market. I am so glad I did. It was an amazing event: people bring their animals – cows, sheep, lambs, chickens, etc… – to sell, and once sold many are butchered on the spot and washed in the nearby river. It is a great example of both what an  emerging market economy looks like and the resourcefulness of the Peruvian people to create opportunities where none existed. 

    In Peru, two-thirds of the people live and operate outside of the legal system. They are kept out by graft, corruption and sometimes bigotry. But through their resilience and ingenuity they have created opportunities for themselves and their communities. 

    I stumbled on this family loading sheep into their Toyota hatchback. It was such a funny scene because the mother-in-law (on the right) was just giving her son-in-law so much grief about how ridiculous it was to try and fill the car with all those sheep. It didn’t help that his wife (left) was laughing too. The more they laughed, the angrier and more determined he became. When he left, he was the only person who could fit in the car. He had sheep on the roof, in the back, in the floorboard and two across his lap, while the rest of the family walking behind. I tried to shoot this from every angle imaginable to capture both the humor and the absurdity. Finally I just shot it strait on – him, the mother-in-law and the packed sheep. I laughed about this for the rest of the day. 

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