Saturday, 30th August 2008
by Steven Greaves
Although there is no agreement on the age of Petra, it is generally acknowledged to have been mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls. It was the ancient capital of the Nabataeans and sits on an age-old caravan route in current-day Jordan. In latter years, the Bedouins of the Arabian peninsula have called it home and still cling to it despite having been moved from the site. Made famous by the Indiana Jones movie and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Petra is a sprawling complex of monumental tombs and rock-cut architecture. Elaborate structures, hewn into the sandstone, dot this site and vary in detail and magnitude. This image shows the most famous of Petra's structures, the Treasury, as seen through the Siq, a narrow chasm that cuts through the rock leading into the complex. On par with the temple complex at Angkor, Petra is a humbling testament to the ancient world.
Equipment: Canon 20D
After wandering for the past 15 years, I now call New York City "home". Born in England, raised in Bermuda and educated in America, I have spent the last 12 years clutching both camera and passport. Although trained as a lawyer, with an Honors B.A. from the University of Florida and a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, photography and travel remain my inspiration. There are few things that offer such experiences and it is through the viewfinder of a 35mm and digital SLR that I have seen much of the world. From spectacular sunsets in the Sahara to the advent of dawn over the Indian Ganges to Rajasthani bar-room brawls, my camera has fueled my vision-quest. Photography has made of me a more earnest traveler. Through it, I have learned patience, humility and compassion. These virtues, I seek to convey through my work.
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