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An Unsettling Gaze
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Found beneath a plaza floor, a small grimacing head is all that remains from a ceramic figurine believed to have been used in rituals. The head measures only two by three inches (five by eight centimeters) and exhibits characteristics of figurines found at the ancient Olmec site of La Blanca near the Pacific coast. Maya monuments here outnumber those of the Olmec—the seminal culture of Mesoamerica—by a roughly two-to-one ratio. Says Schieber: "This city functioned as a primary player and catalyst in the bridge that led from the Olmec world view into that of the Maya."

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100 III
Lens: Nikkor 200mm micro, f/4
Speed and F-Stop: 1 second @ f/16
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Afternoon
Lighting Techniques: I used Tungsten lights to illuminate the head.


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