Mayan Ruins

PhotographerSandra Herber
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryToronto, Canada
Photo Date2016
Entry Description

This series of infrared images of Mayan ruins were taken in the Mexican states of Yucatan and Campeche. There are many famous Mayan ruins open to the public – Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Santa Rosa Xtampak, just to name a few – but there are hundreds of smaller ruins still found in farmers’ fields, on private ranches and deep in the jungle. Many of these are almost overcome by trees, vines and other vegetation. These are the ruins I enjoy photographing the most: the remote, the hidden, the forgotten. I find infrared particularly appropriate to photograph these sites. The way it interacts with the vegetation creates a wonderful, magical aura that evokes the wonder of coming upon the ruins in the jungle, but also the power of the trees and vines struggling to reclaim these ancient structures, here for over a thousand years.

About Photographer

Sandra Herber is a librarian in Toronto, Canada but she spends all her free time and holidays photographing across Canada and around the world. She was born in South Africa, and has lived in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Malaysia. Her love of photography started in her teens when her mother gave her an old Pentax Spotmatic and her parents allowed her to set up a black and white darkroom in the basement where she printed a lot of not-very- great images. Now she particularly enjoys photographing remnants of the past - from old, wooden grain elevators on the Canadian Prairies to Mayan ruins in Mexico. She has recently started storm chasing. She uses both infrared and long exposure photography.