Welcome to Retrograde Photography


Hi, I’m Julia. Welcome to Retrograde Photography, a project in which I’m attempting to explore ancient Egypt from a photographic perspective.

I’m a photographer with a degree in Egyptology … or … is that an Egyptologist with a flair for photography? Hmmmm … either is good, I guess.

Anyway, I have a bit of a thing for ancient Egypt and a bit of a thing for photography. And here’s the place where my two passions come together.

I’m working with local collections, photographing Egyptian artefacts in a more artistic, and less ‘clinical’ way, than you might often see online. I’m also picking out small but fascinating details from these ancient pieces by getting up-close and personal.

Take the photo below, for instance. It’s a detail from a carving of the goddess Hathor on display at the Garstang Museum of Archaeology. This part’s only a couple of inches tall, but with my macro lens, I can get right up-close-and-personal to these beautiful little details.

A traditional ancient Egyptian carved face

I’ve been working with the Garstang Museum of Archaeology in Liverpool for over a year now, creating beautiful images of their amazing collection. You can buy prints of some of these objects in my online store, or have a read of my blog to keep up to date with my ongoing projects with the Garstang.

Latest from the Blog

Travelling back to the time before the pharaohs: the Predynastic Period
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So, it’s a new year and I have a new project to get working on at the Garstang (hooray!). The … Read More

The goddess Isis: mother, magician, healer, wife
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The goddess Isis, along with Osiris, is probably one of the best known deities from ancient Egypt. The couple are synonymous with the seemingly mysterious, often-confusing religion. First attested in funerary texts from the pyramid of Unas (c. 2360 BC), Isis was the longest lived of the Egyptian pantheon. Her cult became dominant in the Greco-Roman period, with the goddess soaking up aspects of other goddesses including Hathor and Astarte until she became the ultimate, all-powerful deity. The last, and arguably most famous pharaoh, Cleopatra VII, often depicted herself as Isis.

Because her cult was adopted in Rome, it spread far outside of Egypt, sanctuaries being founded even as far north as London. Her temple at Philae was the last temple to close in Egypt in the 6th century AD after Christianity spread across the Roman Empire.… Read More

A year in photos: my top twelve photos of 2017
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This past year has been an amazing year for me and my photography. From humble beginnings, taking a few photos for fun at the Garstang Museum, I’ve ended up photographing lots of beautiful ancient Egyptian artefacts, providing photography for the Book of the Dead exhibition and having my images up on the wall of the Tate Liverpool.

As I think back over the last year, and look forward to what 2018 has to bring for me, I thought I’d share some of my favourite photos and moments with you from the past twelve months. So, here’s my year in photos, month by month, for 2017.… Read More

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