Big Stones, Bigger Pyramid

Making it big – Pharaohic in fact – has been a favourite ploy of the powerful throughout history.  I thought it might be fun to start at the source, then, for this week’s WP Photo Challenge – “Big“.  Click the first image to activate the gallery slideshow.

52 thoughts on “Big Stones, Bigger Pyramid

    • I was shocked at just how massive they were, up close, and when I walked into one of those tunnels …

    • Sure are, Debra – make the Roman and Greek builders look a bit tame, somehow, until we see the beauty, and the perspective they used, and then the massiveness isn’t quite so exciting, somehow.

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  4. These are bigger than big! I don’t believe I have ever seen the foundation of a pyramid this close up. It wasn’t quite how I expected it. It must be overwhelming to stand there.

    • Overwhelming? I remember feeling a huge disconnect – as though what I was seeing, and touching, couldn’t be real, like something from a parallel universe.

      I don’t know what the area around the bases looks like these days Michelle, these shots were taken in 1982 – it might have been tarted up a bit to cope with all the people, and the damage they must do

    • I loved that we’d been able to capture some shots that showed the relative scale of the structures – I particularly loved the shot of the tiny toy horse in the space between the two pyramids – unreal!

    • JM McDowell, an archaeologist, says the evidence is beginning to debunk the slave theory, Petchary – though I doubt there will have been much difference in their situation, from our modern point of view!

      You’re back!?! Hope you had a great time – I’ll be over to catch up soon 🙂

    • The monotone really accentuates the texture, doesn’t it? I was so relieved I was able to rescue these purpled out old slides and don’t mind in the least that the only way to do it was to finish them off in black and white – apart from the fact that they were taken so long ago they could almost be termed antiques themselves, it suits the subject perfectly, I think!

    • Archaeologists can theorise and describe it all they want, I’ll never be able to understand – when I think of how difficult it is to cut a straight line through wood with a jig saw and ruler – and they were working with huge blocks of stone …

    • As is fitting Mme W – those Pharaohs would send down something pestilential if we were not still awed by these manifestations of their power and might!

    • I had been in despair about the state of my old Egyptian slides, Kat, until I tried reconstructing them and converting them to monotone … and then hey presto, what magic! On top of which, the black and white suits these ancient places so well, I think!

    • Not enslaved, eh? They certainly had to be highly skilled – even with today’s instruments it’s difficult to cut straight through blocks of stone with pinpoint accuracy, how they managed it thousands of years ago is a testimony to that skill, and pride in workmanship.

    • Thanks Bella – modern buildings may tower over them, but none give the sense of the massiveness that I felt sitting on, or walking into, these incredible structures.

    • It’s the stacking them that really blows my mind! When you go down the internal tunnel (claustrophobia central!) you just have to marvel at the incredible accuracy of the finishing, so that each stone sits just so, to carry that unimaginable weight without any subsidence after all these thousands of years.

    • It’s perfect for these timeless – and very textural – shots, isn’t it? Glad you approved 🙂

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