△ Lets have a short hypothetical journey through the ancient world today.
Start at the Abu Simbel temples, two massive rock temples in southern Egypt. The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari and have become iconic.
△ Now climb up imaginary steps to Masada. Herod the Great built palaces for himself on the mountain and fortified Masada between 37 and 31 BCE. It is in southern Israel on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea.
△ Only a little walk to the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex in Egypt. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact.
△ Better ration your water now and traverse the killing desert. With a bit of luck you may meet a camel train on your way to Dakhla Oasis.
△ On the western edge of Dakhla Oasis, about 10km from el-Qasr in the desert to the south of the cultivation you stop by a a sandstone temple - ‘Deir el-Hagar’, the ‘Monastery of Stone’.
△ You are near the bank of the Nile now and you can go on board of a felucca, the traditional wooden sailing boat which brings you back to your starting point.
Sadly darkness had fallen and it is nearly impossible for us to make this journey in consideration of the politicking circumstances on one’s own. In my dreams it will become light again, time will tell.
|Subject||2 × 3 cm, Aquarell|
|Paper||300g Water Color Paper|
|Dimensions||20 × 20 cm|