A camera in a room with black walls and electric sockets on nearby. The camera's on a tripod, looking down at a piece of ancient Egyptian papyrus held between two sheets of glass

A scarab beetle from a page of the Amduat (approx. size 2 cm)

A camera in a room with black walls and electric sockets on nearby. The camera's on a tripod, looking down at a piece of ancient Egyptian papyrus held between two sheets of glass

An amulet of the god Horus (approx. size 2.5 cm)

A camera in a room with black walls and electric sockets on nearby. The camera's on a tripod, looking down at a piece of ancient Egyptian papyrus held between two sheets of glass

An Eye of Horus amulet (approx. size 2 cm)

A camera in a room with black walls and electric sockets on nearby. The camera's on a tripod, looking down at a piece of ancient Egyptian papyrus held between two sheets of glass

A heart amulet made of glass (approx. size 2.5 cm)

A camera in a room with black walls and electric sockets on nearby. The camera's on a tripod, looking down at a piece of ancient Egyptian papyrus held between two sheets of glass

An amulet of the frog goddess Heket (approx. size 2.5 cm)

A camera in a room with black walls and electric sockets on nearby. The camera's on a tripod, looking down at a piece of ancient Egyptian papyrus held between two sheets of glass

A hedgehog amulet (approx. size 3 cm)

A camera in a room with black walls and electric sockets on nearby. The camera's on a tripod, looking down at a piece of ancient Egyptian papyrus held between two sheets of glass

'Osiris Wennefer'

A camera in a room with black walls and electric sockets on nearby. The camera's on a tripod, looking down at a piece of ancient Egyptian papyrus held between two sheets of glass

A triad amulet with Isis, Nephthys and Horus (4.6 cm)

A camera in a room with black walls and electric sockets on nearby. The camera's on a tripod, looking down at a piece of ancient Egyptian papyrus held between two sheets of glass

A palimpsest (one set of hieroglyphs written on top of another) (approx. size 3 cm)

Tiny Egypt is a personal, self-directed project. Having spent time photographing objects, picking details out of papyri and shooting very tiny amulets with a macro lens, I’ve come to realised that there’s a whole tiny world there waiting to be discovered.

From previously unnoticed scribal errors (see the Palimpsest image above) to the amazing detail in amulets only a couple of centimetres big, I’ve been continuously surprised by what I’ve been finding with my macro lens. As objects at this scale are so easily overlooked in display cases, I want to spend time photographing them and giving them a space in which to show off.

  • Project type: Artefact photography
  • Skills needed: Macro photography, Photoshop, focus stacking
  • Working with: The Garstang Museum of Archaeology, Liverpool
  • Project year: Ongoing
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