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Sphinx, Luxor Temple
   The monumental and often fragmentary remains of ancient Egypt have fascinated me for over 25 years. These traces of the past refer to history, sacred spaces and icons, and the deep mystery of civilizations that have gone before us. There is so much that we do not know about our predecessors. But certainly there is an undeniable link between then and now. Whether we consider the way life was lived 5000 years ago or last week, there has always been a profound courageousness about walking on the surface of this planet.
    As I explore and photograph the ruins of ancient Egypt, I find myself drawn to make images of the remnants of a more recent past, as well. Artifacts of modern civilization often hold much the same power as those from the distant past. Like ancient relics, what they symbolize may not be entirely clear.

What Terry Tempest Williams wrote in her 1991 book Refuge rings true for me:

“Artifacts are alive. Each has a voice. They remind us what it means to be human, that it is our nature to survive, to create works of beauty, to be resourceful, to be attentive to the world we live in…stone tablets court the mysteries of private lives, communal lives and lives rooted in ritual and ceremony.”
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Drew Goerlitz

Sue Lezon

David Powell

Norman Taber

Thumbnail Image 2. Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt, 2002, B&W Iris Print, 29 x 28
Thumbnail Image 3. Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep III, Luxor, Egypt, 2002, B&W Iris Print, 29 x 28
Thumbnail Image 4. Stone Conservation Workshop, Luxor, Egypt, 2005, B&W Iris Print, 29 x 28
Thumbnail Image 5. Sphinx, Luxor Temple, Luxor, Egypt, 2005, B&W Iris Print, 29 x 22
Thumbnail Image 6. Sphinx, Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt, 2004, B&W Iris Print, 29 x 22
Thumbnail Image 27. The Honesty Saloon, Luxor, Egypt, 2005, Color Iris Print, 28 x 19
Thumbnail Image 28. Gurna Post Office, Luxor, Egypt, 2003, Color Iris Print, 19 x 28
Thumbnail Image 29. Bicycle Shop, Luxor, Egypt, 2003, Color Iris Print, 19 x 28
Thumbnail Image 30. Sphinx, Luxor Temple, Luxor, Egypt, 2005, B&W Iris Print, 22 x 29
Thumbnail Image 31. Stone Conservation Workshop, Luxor, Egypt, 2002, B&W Iris Print, 29 x 22
Thumbnail Image 32. Fallen Ceiling Block, Tomb of Ramose, Luxor, Egypt, 2002, B&W Iris Print, 29 x 22
Thumbnail Image 33. Granite TorsoKarnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt, 2002, B&W Iris Print, 29 x 22

Image Not Available     34. Khonsu Temple, Luxor, Egypt,

2002, B&W Iris Print, 29 x 22
Thumbnail Image 35. Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt, 2002, B&W Iris Print, 22 x 29

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