About Me

A little more about me...

Famine Stela at Sehel Island
The "Famine Stela" at Sehel Island near Aswan

My name is Chris Marriott, and I live in the North West of England. I’m retired, and now combine my twin passions of photography and Egyptology by visiting Egypt at regular intervals to photograph the ancient sites. I’m a member of Manchester Ancient Egypt Society, which holds regular lectures and study days about all aspects of Egyptology.

My interest in Ancient Egypt started when I was taken to the British Museum as a child to visit the Tutankhamun exhibition that was held there in 1972. I was instantly hooked, and it’s been a life-long passion of mine ever since. At first my interest was casual, but I’ve subsequently studied Egyptology more academically, and a few years ago graduated from the excellent 3-year online Certificate in Egyptology course offered by Manchester University. This gives a thorough grounding in Egyptian history and the research techniques used by professional Egyptologists. I’d recommend it to anyone wanting to increase their knowledge of the subject.

My particular area of interest within Egyptology is the Ancient Egyptian language, particularly the form of it called “Middle Egyptian”, which is the language written by the majority of hieroglyphic inscriptions found on Egyptian monuments. It was that interest which led me to start photographing sites in Egypt, because it’s extremely difficult to find high-quality photographs of many of the inscriptions on the walls of temples and tombs, and I needed such photographs to indulge my interest in translating Ancient Egyptian texts. This in turn led to a more general desire to build up a good collection of photographs of Ancient Egyptian sites and objects, and now I spend most of my holidays visiting both Egypt and museums all over the world which have good Egyptology collections, and I’ve amassed a collection of well over 100,000 photographs over the course of dozens of such trips.

Taking good photographs in Egypt is not easy, as anyone who’s tried it has probably discovered. Many locations (tombs in particular) are very poorly lit, and you’re working in confined spaces, which can make it very difficult indeed to get good results. It’s taken me many years to learn what the best equipment to use is, how to use it to best advantage, and how best to process the resulting pictures. On this site I’ll be offering practical advice about visiting Egypt and sharing my accumulated experience about how best to take photographs there, which will hopefully assist you in taking good photographs if you’re fortunate enough to be able to visit Egypt yourself, and may allow you to avoid the many mistakes I’ve made myself over the years. I’ll also be writing about Ancient Egypt in general, as well as offering collections of my own digital photographs for sale at reasonable prices.

I regularly add new content to the site, so please do visit at regular intervals to see what’s new.

The photograph at the top of the page shows me alongside the “famine stela” on the top of Sehel island, which is a few miles up the Nile from the town of Aswan. This text was probably carved in the second century BC, and is an appeal to the gods to end a 7-year famine caused by low water levels in the Nile. It’s rarely visited by tourists.