Peering through a tiny hole in the side of the Step Pyramid, one glimpses the haunting image of King Djoser (Zoser), the first pharaoh of the Third Dynasty (ca. 2800 BC). The pyramid is in the Saqqara Valley, approximately an hour south of the Valley of Giza. The architect of this, the oldest of pyramids in Egypt, was the legendary Imhotep, Royal physician and sage, often cited as the first scientist in history. This is a time more than two millennia before the Greek natural philosopher, Thales of Miletus. Indeed, Imhotep served as the inspiration for the Greek God of Medicine, Aesclapeios.
Many excellent sources exist for mor information on the Step Pyramid, and one such source is the National Geographic site, http://www.nationalgeographic.com/egyptjournal/photogalleries/saqqara/
With minimal light and no opportunity to illuminate the statue with a flash or other artificial methods, this effort called for a lengthy time exposure. I was gratified that the photo came out as well as it did.
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missninja (497) 2006-10-12 4:05
The thumbnail made me curious! It a very interesting photo and your note is as well interesting. The idea of taking a photo through a hole is great.
Warm regards, Nina
AtillaSoylu (243) 2006-12-13 23:36
very interesting point of view here. despite the conditions very well done image IMHO.
Aliza (597) 2007-02-09 9:24
Oldukça ilginç ve de hos bir çalisma olmus.
Tebrik ederim, ellerinize saglik.
dorte_s_t (2287) 2007-05-15 6:00
Hi , Bulent .
Your photo of the feluccas on the Nile led me to this photo .
It deserves far more attension . I think it has a lot of symbloism in it . The way I see it is : looking back in time through a tunnel and way back one can see ,admire and wonder what people of that time were capable of !!
mafegan (8626) 2010-02-21 4:34
In 2004 I also looked through this tiny hole and attempted to photographed this image of King Djoser. Seeing your version has prompted me to review my attempt. Most informative and considering the difficult conditions there is much detail. Tfs, Marlene