For over 14 years I photograph and study the sacred places of ancient Egypt, portraying the Neter, Kings and Queens statues. Working particularly on the Temples of Apet Res and Apet Aset in Luxor(Thebes), the temple of Hathor of Dendera and the sacred Theban mountain (West bank Luxor)
My medium is light and it is light that guides my perceptions.
Each temple is studied in a very precise way before being photographed.
I have to know:
- The geolocation (latitude and longitude) of the place in order to know the position of the sun in his hour, his day and month of the year.
- The temple axis.
- The particular periods to the temple and / or one of its chapels (feasts in the year)
I work with analogue cameras for taking my photographs and I use alternative processes. My cameras are the Hasselblad and the Biogon, the Linhof Master Technika and the pinhole camera.
Analog photography imposes a watchmaker's precision in all the gestures and actions!
Strangely it is this technical requirement that awakens the intuition. It opens your ear… listening instead of seeing!
When the photos are taken, I have to go back to my darkroom, my alchemy room from the word ‘El Kemit ‘and do this magical ritualof developing the films and…, yes this fragile moment is magic! It gets us in relation with the fragility of the concept of time.
Analogue photography is something special as it brings you in relation in time and space with the subject you photograph (from mineral to human) and the relation is the Light!
The photographer, Karoline Amaury