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Captives in the Spotlight
Photograph by Ira Block

Frozen in clay—and inspiring dread—life-size depictions of naked men bound with ropes around their necks trudge across a wall of Huaca Cao Viejo's ceremonial plaza. Scholars have found similar portrayals on Moche ceramics, but don't know whether the captives were sacrificial victims chosen from among locals or prisoners taken during battle. Human bones showing signs of torture have been found incorporated into this frieze, a hint at the horrors that occurred here.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1V
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 28-70mm @ 70mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/8 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Overcast
Time of Day: Dusk
Lighting Techniques: I combined the last of the daylight with tungsten lights on the murals.


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