Silver / 2016 / Fine Art / Other_FA

Mayan Ruins

  • Prize
    Silver in Fine Art/Other
  • Photographer
    Sandra Herber

This is a series of infrared images of Mayan ruins in Mexico. There are literally hundreds of small and medium-size ruins scattered throughout the Yucatan peninsula, many of them being slowly reclaimed by the surrounding jungle.

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 uses both infrared and long exposure photography to evoke the awe she feels while standing before these beautiful, ruined and decaying sites.