A photographer–Egyptologist
exploring ancient Egypt through my lens,
one detail at a time

I've long had a passion for heritage, for museums, for ancient civilisations, and for ancient Egypt in particular. So much so that I upped and left my life in Bath in my mid-twenties to move to Liverpool to study for a BA in Egyptology. It's one of the best decisions I've every made. I loved the degree, the university and the city. Liverpool's been my home ever since, with its vibrance and culture. The north-west region is also lucky to house an amazing amount of Egyptology, making it a great place for Egyptologists and Egyptophiles.

My photography journey started in 2013, with a trip to the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery to see the temporary exhibition of the watercolours painted during Belzoni’s excavation of the tomb of Seti I.

I went along, mobile phone in hand (my first smartphone, I think) and brought back a collection of photos of which I was very proud.

They weren’t perfect. Oh no. They weren’t very high resolution – smartphone camera technology being what it was back then – and I had horrible problems with reflections. But, by god, I loved it.

I was totally bitten by the photography bug.

I've since honed my photography skills – some taught and some self-taught – and learned to get the best out my camera. I've now married it with my passion for Egyptology. I've been photographing artefacts at the Garstang Museum of Archaeology at the University of Liverpool since November 2016, working on both exhibition photography and personal projects.

If you work within Egyptology, for a museum or university, and are interested in a collaboration, I'd love to hear from you. You can get in touch via the Contact page or email me at julia@retrograde.photography.

If you're here to gaze at the beauty of ancient Egypt, please have a browse around the galleries and blog.

If you like what you see here and would like to support my work, please treat yourself to a tat-free gift from my online store.

Julia Thorne in the gallery at the Garstang Museum
My with my camera in the Garstang. Bliss!

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