The Treasury

The Treasury

The Treasury

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The ancient ruins of Petra Jordan, as seen from a high vantage point. This Wikipedia article gives an in depth explanation for the construction and history of the area.

I spent a week in Petra at a time when Syria was just beginning to suffer the beginnings of civil war, Egypt also had its share of turmoil, this meant that the World Heritage Site of Petra was almost deserted. After spending a few days scouting the area I chose to photograph from a rocky ledge above the Treasury. I knew a guard would head up to the overlook every evening, so I made sure to hide myself amongst the rocks until dark. When it was safe I came out and set up my camera. Shortly later local bedouin started to light the 236 candles. When the last candle was lit they sat back for a break giving me barely a minute to shoot before tourists flocked into the area to listen to bedouin stories and music.

 

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