Mike Neilson's Images
Assorted Images from my collection
In November 2007, Pauline and I took a trip to Egypt. Having heard of the wonders of ancient Egypt since elementary school, we wanted to see the artifacts of a civilization whose written record stretches back for about 5,000 years and probably set us on the course for western civilization as we know it. Names such as Zoser, Seti, Atamakun, Ramses and Cleopatra resonated, as did places such as the pyramids of Giza, Abu Simbel, Karnak, and the Valley of the Kings.
The only constant in all that we saw was the Nile River. It is just as true today as it was 2,500 years ago when the Greek historian Herodotus said that “Egypt is the gift of the Nile.”
The scale of ancient monuments of Egypt is a major problem for a photographer. Normally, I don’t use people in my photographs, as they often distract from the subject. But in Egypt I thought that they were important for scale.