Looking through the doorway of the exhibition. Just before the door, on the left, part of the reception desk can be seen. Inside the doorway is a large reproduction of a black and white photograph of a stone statue of a Merotic god Looking through the doorway of the exhibition. Just before the door, on the left, part of the reception desk can be seen. Inside the doorway is a large reproduction of a black and white photograph of a stone statue of a Merotic god
Looking diagonally across the room. The back and left walls are included, which have tall, metal gridded stands to which large reproductions of the excavation photos are attached. In the middle of the room stands a table-sized display case with artefacts inside. Just behind the case is another stand without its glass top with colourful 3D prints of artefacts on top Looking diagonally across the room. The back and left walls are included, which have tall, metal gridded stands to which large reproductions of the excavation photos are attached. In the middle of the room stands a table-sized display case with artefacts inside. Just behind the case is another stand without its glass top with colourful 3D prints of artefacts on top
Looking at the artefacts in the centre of the glass display case. There are a couple of larger, stone pieces, one in the shape of a sundisk with cobras on the sides. The other is rectangular with large hieroglyphs inscribed on it. To the left are three fine ceramics and a selection of fragments with hieroglyphs. To the right are a couple more fragments with depictions of cobras. Looking at the artefacts in the centre of the glass display case. There are a couple of larger, stone pieces, one in the shape of a sundisk with cobras on the sides. The other is rectangular with large hieroglyphs inscribed on it. To the left are three fine ceramics and a selection of fragments with hieroglyphs. To the right are a couple more fragments with depictions of cobras.
A closeup of three small fragments of ceramics, each with a depiction of a cobra A closeup of three small fragments of ceramics, each with a depiction of a cobra
Closeup of the fragments of ceramics. There are six fragments in total, all around a couple of inches in size. Closeup of the fragments of ceramics. There are six fragments in total, all around a couple of inches in size.
A closeup of the three fine ceramics in the display case. There is a red jug with black lines of varying thickness around the main section. The top is narrow, with the handle attached to the top of the jug. There are also two bowls, around half the height of the jug, with banding around the top A closeup of the three fine ceramics in the display case. There is a red jug with black lines of varying thickness around the main section. The top is narrow, with the handle attached to the top of the jug. There are also two bowls, around half the height of the jug, with banding around the top
A collection of 3D printed artefacts. There are several lions, ranging in size from around 6 inches tall to less than an inch. There is also a reproduction of a Hathor head. The prints are either red, white or blue in colour. A collection of 3D printed artefacts. There are several lions, ranging in size from around 6 inches tall to less than an inch. There is also a reproduction of a Hathor head. The prints are either red, white or blue in colour.
Three of the larger 3D printed lions are facing away from the camera, looking towards one of the photos, which is of a large stone statue of a lion Three of the larger 3D printed lions are facing away from the camera, looking towards one of the photos, which is of a large stone statue of a lion
The photo is of a stone statue of a god. He is a man wearing a kilt, a neckband and a tall crown. He has a Pharaonic-style beard. He is very Egyptian in style. The rest of the photo is black. The photo is of a stone statue of a god. He is a man wearing a kilt, a neckband and a tall crown. He has a Pharaonic-style beard. He is very Egyptian in style. The rest of the photo is black.
Looking at the back half of the exhibition room. There are a few people in there. Next to the display case are two women looking at the 3D printed lion statues Looking at the back half of the exhibition room. There are a few people in there. Next to the display case are two women looking at the 3D printed lion statues
Three men standing next to the 3D printer, talking Three men standing next to the 3D printer, talking
A face-on view of the 3D printer. It's rectangular in shape and open down the front. the printer head is at the top, printing. the object being printed stands on a glass shelf, which moves down the inside of the printer as the object is being printed. The inside of the printer is very bright A face-on view of the 3D printer. It's rectangular in shape and open down the front. the printer head is at the top, printing. the object being printed stands on a glass shelf, which moves down the inside of the printer as the object is being printed. The inside of the printer is very bright
A closeup of the printer head and the lion statue being printed (it's one of the very small ones). A closeup of the printer head and the lion statue being printed (it's one of the very small ones).
Two young girls, in school uniform, standing next to the table and playing with the 3D-printed lion statues Two young girls, in school uniform, standing next to the table and playing with the 3D-printed lion statues
A man is taking a photo of the 3D printer on his phone. There are other people in the room, including two young girls A man is taking a photo of the 3D printer on his phone. There are other people in the room, including two young girls
A young girl is standing and watching the 3D printer, with a look of total fascination on her face. The camera is looking down through the front of the printer at her; her head is partially hidden by parts of the printer A young girl is standing and watching the 3D printer, with a look of total fascination on her face. The camera is looking down through the front of the printer at her; her head is partially hidden by parts of the printer

 

The exhibition

The Garstang Museum of Archaeology is the departmental museum for the school of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool.

The museum had just launched its first exhibition, Meroë: Africa’s Forgotten Empire, since its major refurbishment in 2014 (which included a move into the old archaeology library). The exhibition was on from May to September 2016.

The exhibition was primarily a photographic one with enlarged prints of photographs mounted on metal stands around the perimeter of the room. The photographs were taken during John Garstang’s archaeological excavations at the ancient city of Meroë (in modern Sudan) in the years 1910–1914.

The exhibition was embellished with a collection of artefacts excavated by Garstang in a display case in the centre of the room. Alongside the artefacts sit a collection of 3D-printed pieces. These are from genuine Meroitic artefacts which were scanned and then printed out to create replicas.

The exhibition opened on 13 May, which was Light Night in Liverpool. The museum opened to the public at 5.00 pm for a few hours and, at the centre of the exhibition, was a 3D printer printing out replicas of the lion statue.

 

Technical aspects of the photography

I went along to get a few photos of the opening night for the museum, and then went back a couple of weeks later to get some more photos when the museum was closed, so I could get pictures of just the exhibition without visitors.

The main technical considerations of the shoot were:

  • Getting a photograph of a relatively small room. Instead of using a wide-angle lens, which could’ve caused unnecessary exaggeration of the corner of the display case, I used a longer lens and combined four or five shots into one panorama in Photoshop.
  • Reflections on the glass display case. I used a polarising filter and careful positioning of the camera to minimise reflections of the fluorescent strip lights in the glass. A bit of extra work in Photoshop was needed to further reduce the reflections. The reflections on the photo of the ceramic jugs were impossible to lose completely without compromising the image itself, unfortunately.
  • Dealing with the shallow depth of field on items in the display case due to the close proximity of the camera to the artefacts. I used focus stacking for the shot of the ceramic jugs by using several photographs, each with the camera focused on different parts of the jugs to ensure focus throughout.
Like
Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry

Leave a Reply

avatar

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  Subscribe  
Notify of