Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Thomas' point of view

As mentioned earlier, Dave brought home a camera for Thomas from his last trip to Libya.  It really fired his imagination for a few weeks there.  He left it to me to pick out the best of the best, so here are some representative snapshots of Thomas' view of home life, travel, grandparents, Luxor etc.

See if you can pick out any themes or recurring subjects!

Dinner at the British club with Grandpa Doug and Grandma nancy:
The boys' room:

3 legged dog at the horse farm:


Here we move to Luxor: the famous Valley of the Kings where many of Egypt's ancient pharaohs are buried.  This whole place was covered in sand for centuries, then dug up and restored when the French/ English 'rediscovered' Egypt in the 1700-1800s.  There is a whole avenue of sphinxes that was recently rediscovered that links two of the biggest temples across the town.  Here, the sphinxes become rams-- some kind of fertility signal.
Lots of hieroglyphics.  Nobody knew what these said until a Frenchman decoded them with the Rosetta Stone I think around 1900.  I think because so much of the work and study of the pharoanic era was carried out by Europeans, the Egyptians themselves seem a little distanced from this aspect of their history.  They publicize it for tourism purposes, but the history Egyptians seem to embrace is the story of the Arab conquest in the 6th and 7th centuries and centuries of Islamic rule that followed.  My understanding is that most Egyptians are descended from these Arab conquerors, and it is the Coptic Christians who are most closely related to the ancient Egyptian people that built the temples at Luxor.  Indeed, many of these temples were used and repurposed by early Christians before the desert swallowed them up after the Arab invasion.

 At the resort.  We did history in the mornings, and swim and nap in afternoons.

If I were organized enuff to do a christmas card, this would probably be it:


gran Kathy said...

Hey Thomas and Laura, I love those pictures. My favorites are the night scenes in Luxor. And i think maybe your themes are people's faces and things that stick up in the air. both boys look older and wiser like I'll have to get to know them as grown up kids.

Thanks for the big treat of a picture feast.

Andy said...

Recurring subjects and themes would seem to be for this young photographer the angst of modern life set against ancient crumbling surfaces; also the light that penetrates and gives relief to doubt.

Kelly said...

The xmas card photo has all the Egyptian flavor but I can't see Emmett's face