The Sphinx in front of the Pyramid of Khafre also known as Kephren – 1977

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Olympus OM1 50 mm Lens Agfa CT18 slide film, scanned

Textured overlays courtesy of SkeletalMess

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The Sphinx of Giza is a symbol that has represented the essence of Egypt for thousands of years. Even with all of the pictures that we see of the Sphinx, nothing can really prepare you for the time that you finally see the Sphinx with your own eyes. Here’s a look at the Sphinx that will give you a hint of what you can expect to see if you visit Egypt.
Carved from the bedrock of the Giza plateau, the Sphinx is truly a mysterious marvel from the days of ancient Egypt. The body of a lion with the head of a king or god, the sphinx has come to symbolize strength and wisdom.
From the north side the profile of the Sphinx reveals the proportion of the body to the head. It would appear as though the head is small in proportion to the body. Because of the changing desert terrain, the body of the Sphinx has been buried several times over the past several thousand years. Most recently in 1905, the sand has been cleared away to expose the magnitude and beauty of the entirety of the Sphinx. The paws themselves are 50 feet long (15m) while the entire length is 150 feet (45m). The head is 30 (10m) feet long and 14 feet (4m) wide. Because certain layers of the stone are softer than others, there is a high degree of erosion that has claimed the original detail of the carved figure.
The most popular and current theory of the builder of the Sphinx holds that it was commissioned by the 4th Dynasty King, Khafre (2558-2532 BCE). Khafre was one of the sons of Khufu (AKA Cheops). The Sphinx lines up with the Pyramid of Khafre at the foot of its causeway. As one rounds the northeast corner to the front of the Sphinx, the alignment of the two structures becomes more apparent.
Although the head of the Sphinx is badly battered in some places, traces of the original paint can still be seen near one ear. Originally it is believed that the Sphinx was painted and was quite colorful. Since then, the nose and beard have been broken away. The nose was the unfortunate victim of target practice by the Turks in the Turkish period. It is often erroneously assumed that the nose was shot off by Napoleon’s men, but 18th century drawings reveal that the nose was missing long before Napoleon’s arrival. Text courtesy of Guardian’s Sphinx

Khafre’s pyramid is the only pyramid that retains part of its original polished limestone casing, near its apex. This pyramid appears larger than the adjacent Great Pyramid know as Khufu or Cheops, by virtue of its more elevated location, and the steeper angle of inclination of its construction — it is, in fact, smaller in both height and volume. Text courtesy of Wikipedia

Composition Details
Three textured were added using Multiply, Overlay and Linear Light blend modes, finally an adjustment layer was added values 0, 1.0 & 175

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  • Steve Silverman
    Steve Silvermanabout 5 years ago

    Fabulous, David!

  • Many thanks Steve.


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  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedabout 5 years ago

    WOW – this is gorgeous – I love the texture work here
    - you have captured the glow of the desert. Beautiful work David :o))

  • Thank you so much Kira, its great to have your comments and support.

    David xx

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  • Berns
    Bernsabout 5 years ago

    Egptyology is a fave subject of mine this is BEAUTIFUL David!

  • Have you been there, if not you should.

    Spent a wonderful two week there back in 1977, they are great people and made us feel so very welcome.

    Thanks for your comment Berns.

    David xx

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  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teagueabout 5 years ago

    Terrific image David. The texture works well.

  • Thank you Elaine, your comments are most welcome.

    David xx

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  • scottimages
    scottimagesabout 5 years ago

    Oh WOW! This is fantastic. Love those textures David. They work really well :))

  • Your so kind Rosemary, thank you for your lovely comments.

    David xx

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  • Prasad
    Prasadabout 5 years ago


  • Many thanks Prasad, much appreciated.


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  • Pam Moore
    Pam Mooreabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic David. well done

  • Thank you Pam, great to have your comments.

    David xx

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  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawabout 5 years ago

    That is stunning David – what a great use of textures to create those deep and wonderful colours.

  • Thank you so much Anna, it’s really great to have your comments and support, they are much appreciated.

    Not bad for a photograph that I took one slide film back in the summer of 1977.

    David xx

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  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesabout 5 years ago

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • Many thanks.


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  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 5 years ago

    nicely textured David.x

  • Thank you Catherine.

    David xx

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