🔎 Tiny Egypt photography officially kicks off

a tray of ancient egyptian amulets in a museum storeroom

I had my first official Tiny Egypt session this week, at Manchester Museum. (Hooray!)

As you may already be aware, Manchester Museum has been having an extension built to house a new temporary exhibition space. Because the building work is being done close to where the Egypt and Sudan galleries are situated, they’ve had to be shut and emptied of most of their artefacts until the building work is completed.

That means I have an exciting opportunity to get my hands on artefacts that would usually be on display and difficult to remove for photography. So, I’ll be focussing on these objects over the next few months.

Before Tuesday’s session, I’d already picked out four amulets I wanted to photograph that day. So, Campbell took me to the stores where a number of smaller objects from the galleries were being held, and as soon as we pulled out the box containing the amulets (photo above), it was obvious it was going to be a treasure trove of objects for the project 😍

I photographed three of the four pieces I’d already chosen – they’re the amulets of Hat-mehyt, Nehebkau and Thoth which you can see just below the perspex stand in the box. Each amulet, I’ve photographed from four or five angles, picking out details and playing with light in a way not usually seen with artefact photography.

There are so many beautiful and fascinating objects in just that box alone. I can’t wait to get back and photograph more!

Manchester will have to wait a little longer, however, as I’m in the Garstang Museum on Wednesday and Bolton Libraries and Museums the following week, so I’ve plenty on my plate over the next couple of weeks!

Members of the Tiny Egypt Society will be the first to see new images from these sessions. I really can’t keep the project going without their amazing support.

If you’d like to be one of those people who see my new photos before anyone else does, get behind-the-scenes news and help shape the project, you can do so by becoming a patron of the project by joining the Society from only £1.00 per month (first month half price). This month, members are also helping me choose what kind of artefacts I’ll be photographing first at the Garstang on Wednesday.

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Unless otherwise credited, all photos in this post are © Julia Thorne. If you’d like to use any of my photos in a lecture, presentation or blog post, please don’t just take them; drop me an email at julia@tetisheri.co.uk. If you share them on social media, I’d appreciate a link back to this site or to one of my social media accounts. Thanks!

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