Tetlaxintli Face

The once mighty Aztec Empire vanished into history nearly five hundred years ago, but the legacy of their culture never fails to fascinate. Pyramids, statuary, language, and even cuisine continue to tickle our fancies. And grisly tales of human sacrifices to inhuman gods haunt our imaginations. If ever an ancient civilization begged to be explored, this is the one.

Tetlaxintli Face Behind-The-ScenesBut if you can’t shell out the money to mount your own expedition, the magic of photography can take you places that you dream about. A few years back, a local mexican restaurant closed its doors; and my my wife was fortunate to be able to buy a small statue they had on display there. While I can’t speak to its authenticity, I was drawn to it like Dr. Jones to the lost ark. ;)

For this project I decided to use a macro lens at 200mm along with a 36mm tube extension and a +4 close-up filter to get a very detailed close up shot of the face (and to disguise how tiny the subject was). For lighting, I used a wireless-equipped speed lite along with a MagMod snoot (more on that little gem in a future post) to create a spotlight effect and give the photo a mysterious quality. Finally, I used Topaz Adjust to add a lomo filter.

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Written by The Twilit Lens

Freelance photographer and ponderer of the unusual. I welcome the presence of mystery and the unknown. Wonder is not absent from the universe, and there is still room for the child in those who haven't yet allowed their hearts to wither to dust.

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