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During my time at Oxford Archaeology I was lucky enough to photograph some beautiful and enigmatic objects.
Different objects required different approaches, such as lighting and positioning sympathetic to the features discussed in the archaeologists’ accompanying text, while still producing an overall impression of the whole object. Translucent, shiny, wet and grainy objects all require different lighting while objects ranging from flat to deeply three-dimensional shapes require different approaches to avoid un-lifelike geometric distortion.
Some objects that I have photographed required partial digital reconstruction. All the individual pieces of the broken pot and accompanying assemblage (second from the top on this page), were photographed separately and digitally ‘glued’ together in post-production because not enough of the vessel had survived to make it stable enough to be physically glued.
At times a different kind of digital merging was required: the amber intaglio at the top right of this page is the product of the subtle merging of multiple images, each lit to bring out a different facet of the object, such as the surface design or the light-transmissive material. The final image exhibits much more fidelity to the actual object than any of the individual photographs.
These sorts of challenges remain a very enjoyable part of the process for me.
Images reproduced by permission of Oxford Archaeology. Some more examples can be found on the Design page.