Posted January 29th 2011 at 1:06 pm by
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Taffic Jam in Lima (Sebastiao's photo journal, wk 3)

Taffic Jam in Lima (Sebastiao's photo journal, wk 3)

I took this picture in the midst of traffic jam in the outskirts of Lima. In the picture you can see that an informal taxi driver went against the traffic, blocking the way for all cars, including this huge truck that is beside me.

With 9 million inhabitants, Lima is the biggest metropolis on the Pacific coast of South America, and has a very precarious road infrastructure and a chaotic transport system. Now in Lima, jams are more frequent than before because of the increasing number of cars.

Photo and post by Sebastiao Ferreira. This post is number 3 of 52 in Sebastiao’s 52-week photo journal.

4 responses to “Taffic Jam in Lima (Sebastiao's photo journal, wk 3)”

  1. Alexa Mills says:

    Sebastiao – What an interesting look into Lima! In your last two photos, both in traffic, it seems like there is haze in the air. is there smog? If so, does it effect your photography?

  2. Sebastiao says:

    Despite its size, smoke is not so strong in Lima as it is in other South American metropoles. What is really problematic in Lima is the presence of dust in the air. It is because the city is located in the coastal desert of Peru, the air is humid but it never rains, and the roads are on bad shape.

    You are right, the haze is affecting my pictures!

  3. Aditi Mehta says:

    What a cool composition! This traffic jam feels all to familiar after my travels in India.

  4. Christina says:

    Sebastiao, this photo makes Boston traffic look downright pleasant!