Tom Van Eynde: Thebes Photographic Project

Abydos. Temple of Seti I, Hypostyle Hall. Construction of this temple was begun by Seti I (c. 1291 B.C.) and completed by his son, Ramesses II (c. 1279 B.C.). It was dedicated primarily to the god Osiris and secondarily to six other deities, including: the deified Seti I, Horus, Isis, Amun-Re, Re-Harakhty, and Ptah. The temple is in a remarkable state of preservation, as much of the original ceiling is still intact. In this image the photographer has captured well the ambience of the temple's interior in ancient times with its darkened forest of pillars pierced by bright shafts of sunlight. This lighting effect enhanced the mystical quality of temple ritual in ancient Egypt. (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.