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.

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Whether you’re a professional Egyptologist, an enthusiast with a mobile phone, or a photographer who’s looking for a quick, fun project, all are welcome. I want to get you thinking about your photography, what you’re photographing, how you’re doing it, and how you can inject a bit fun and creativity into your photography.… Read More

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Since its release in November 2017, I’ve been lusting after the Fujifilm 80mm macro lens. Touted as Fuji’s first ‘real’ macro lens (I explain why their other macro lens isn’t really considered a ‘proper’ macro below), it’s had some amazing reviews, and I’d been suffering lens envy until I was at last able to get mine in April 2018.… Read More

Travelling back to the time before the pharaohs: the Predynastic Period
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