Tom Van Eynde: Thebes Photographic Project
Gebel el-Silsila East. The sandstone rock quarries of Gebel el-Silsila are
located about 152 kilometers south of Luxor on both the east and west banks
of the Nile River. Gebel el-Silsila marks the geographical location in Nile
Valley geology where the limestone rock formation to the north gives way to
primary sandstone formations to the south. Typical of most Egyptian stone
quarries, the quarries of Gebel el-Silsila East are rectangular caves cut
into the sides of the cliffs and mountain. This photograph evokes the
lonely and eerie qualities of these dark cavernous structures that stretch
far back into the rock, their ceilings supported by rows of rock-cut
pillars. Today, only the bats live here.
(Caption - Peter Piccione)
All the photographs were made with a Fujica G617 Panorama Camera. The film is TriX. The prints are made on llford Mulitgrade Fiber base paper. The original prints are 7"x22" on 10"x24" paper.
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