– Have you ever wondered what it really looks like inside ancient Egyptian tombs? To take photos of ancient tombs in Egypt requires special permission that is very difficult to get.
After several weeks, travel journalist and photographer Jakub Kyncl was granted a rare chance to photograph the historic ancient tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Needless, to say his photos are astonishing!
The travel editor for Czech news website Novinky.cz said it took five weeks and about 140 emails until he secured special access for himself, his camera, tripod, headlight and other photography equipment.
“It was not a sure thing at all when I asked for it. Egypt definitely doesn’t give away this type of permission on a regular basis,” Kyncl told news.com.au.
“I provided Egypt’s tourism authorities with everything necessary and waited for about five weeks until I got the ‘green light’ email. As you need to be accompanied by an official guide during an event like this, I asked for an Egyptologist and Luxor guide for VIP people Medhat Ramedan Hafez, who … was extremely capable of dealing with all possible issues at the spot.
“And more than that, he can read hieroglyphs, and that is something that helps you to locate important scenes on the walls.”
Even though Kyncl had visited the Valley of the Kings before, he was still amazed by the beauty, size and incredible detail on the tombs and chambers in the World Heritage Site.
“Being inside with the camera and possibility to capture all this beauty to my images was really special,” he said.
“I can’t remember when I was so much nervous while taking images like here. It is always a highlight for me to see the tomb of Ramesses VI — you can spend there two hours but still you won’t see all the wonderful details hidden inside.”
Kyncl said he hoped his rare photographs would remind people of the many gems in Egypt to return to.
“We all know what’s the situation today — some terrible thing can happen every time, everywhere,” he said.
“It is a choice of every traveller but honestly I really don’t see Egypt being more dangerous than some European capitals nowadays. Actually I feel really safe there.
“Security level seemed to be very good level recently compared to some years ago. An unexperienced traveller may be shocked to know you can full his stomach in Luxor’s street stalls with one Australian dollar and still have spare money for a good black tea.
“I can only hope that my photos will attract more people to one of the most incredible spots on our planet.”
Follow Jakub Kyncl’s travel adventures and photographs on his website, jakubkyncl.com, and on Instagram.