Here are some photos I took in Egypt. I
actually hadn't planned to take any photos, which was pretty dumb,
and once I was convinced to do so, I just bought some disposable
cameras...also dumb. I'm not the kind of guy who should waste a lot
of money on a camera - I don't think I have any particular talent or
patience for that kind of thing - but once I was there I regretted
not having worthwhile equipment. The results speak for themselves:
virtually all outdoors shots because that's where the light was, not
enough shots of people due to misanthropy...and so on. So there's a
lot less of a really terrific trip than I would have liked, but
that's that. Sorry the pics are so huge, but I'm too lazy to change it all now.
These are columns in, I think, the
fairly spectacular temple in Edfu.
Because Egyptian edifices are generally
oriented to catch the sun, it's usually difficult for a guy like me
to catch a shot of reliefs: they're in shadow or direct sunlight.
Here, though, you can see the kind of thing that nearly every square
inch of temple surface was either covered with or was supposed to be
covered with. The guy on the right is one of the pharoahs holding
multiple enemies by the hair with an arm raised to whack them, much
as we do today. Crowds of people tended to be represented as one
person with echoing lines around them; directly underneath the
pharoah's hand is the central figure kneeling to the right and
cowering, much as we do today.
Great gosh a mighty, it's another
Here's where I got very worried and
offended: a bunch of not very subtle looking guys appeared to be
painting colours onto the reliefs. Silly me, they were cleaning the
damned things with some kind of solution.