Today on site at Çatalhöyük as the 2015 excavation season gets into swing.
Testing out a new dig camera on site today as the team assembles for the 2015 excavation season at Çatalhöyük.
Last Fall I had the opportunity to work with some great field school students at Karanis, a Ptolemaic settlement in Fayum, Egypt. While documenting the excavation for the Fayum Project, I shot some footage for the Institute for Field Reseach, which has just released a new video profiling two of our students. Natasha and Suzanne Evans tell their own stories of facing arcaheological research challenges first hand.
For those of you who've missed it, the Çatalhöyük 2014 calendar is still available for order. It showcases the team's work from the 2013 excavation season, with each month highlighting the ongoing work and people invovled in the project.
The large 11" x 14" images are printed on high quality paper with a wire binding.
Get your own at: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/674617
After team members trickeled in of over the past week, the 2013 excavtion at Çatalhöyük began two days ago, as the site gets cleaned up and prepared for the new season.Read More
I’ll be giving a talk on archaological photography at UCLA on May, 17th as part of the Cotsen Friday Seminar series. My aim is to present practical approaches to improve site and finds documentation during excavations. I'll also explain an accessible methodology for making 3D reconstruction models from 2D images.
Impressive photography of Turkey in transition by George Georgiou. Take some time with it. Truly inspiring documentation. I recognize so much from my own travels in Turkey and it puts me to shame I haven't made even an attempt at such an effort.
Another article on his collection:
Long overdue, I've added some selected images from Çatalhöyük to my website. This is a small sampling of excavation, finds and portrait images from the collection. I got a little carried away with the portraits, but I couldn't stop myself. There are many more people I want to include, as well as excavation shots. Check back later for more.
The daily journey to work in Giza.
Just before 7:00am every morning we would pass through the gates on our way to the AERA lab and storage area. We were lucky to pass by the pyramids so early in the day, while it was still peaceful without all the tourists.
After coming across friend and colleague Colleen Morgan's post about artifact photo scales, I thought I'd throw in my two cents on the subject.
Scales in archaeological photography are an ongoing curiosity for me. As necessary as they are to give a sense of size to the photos' subject, it so often appears that little attention is given to their proportion and composition in the photograph. It's as if a larger and more dominant scale is meant to give the image more scientific weight and credibility. But to me, photos taken in this matter reflect a lack of care and attention to detail, that ends up distracting from the artifact's representation. Maybe my photographic eye is being too hyper-critical, but I would say a little extra attention to the details of scale size and placement can make a big difference in how the arifact photo is viewed and appreciated down the line.
To help in this endeavor, here's a scale template I've made in Adobe Illustrator which you can print out on photo paper and cut out for use.