Last week I visited the Aztecs Exhibition, currently showing at the Australian Museum, Sydney. Although not a free exhibition I found it was worth every cent to be standing face to face with such awe (and dread) inspiring pieces from 500 years ago.
A word of caution re photographing: If you take your camera, flash is not allowed, so you’ll need to bump up your ISO because the light is quite low. I’m not sure if tripods are allowed so I suggest you ask first to avoid disappointment.
I photographed most of the images at around 6400 ISO and was just able to hand hold for most shots. Some images were a little noisy, but I chose to leave my tripod at home because I didn’t want to feel restricted by it.
I love dramatic lighting at the best of times and felt that the way the pieces were lit seemed well suited to this brutal, yet intriguing period in history.
The God of Death (the second image in the gallery) really caused my stomach to turn. It had such an ominous presence and even when going through the photos I had the same experience. Of course, there were the blood curdling descriptions of the blood sacrifices which went into great detail and I found myself trying to imagine just how terrifying if must have been to live back then. Although I was quite surprised to read that some of the people that they sacrificed were treated very well for up to a year before they were sacrificed. It was also intrigued to learn they had a very advanced education system for their time.
At the end of the exhibition you’ll see all the Aztec inspired items for sale. I was a little sceptical when my husband went to buy some of the Mexican chocolate for $12, which I though was quite expensive. Surely it couldn’t be that special? Boy, was I wrong!! It was so amazing that I’ve been thinking of going back just to get some more – the true chocoholic that I am. Just in case you’re interested we bought the dark chocolate with red peppers, find spices and cocoa nibs.
The Aztecs Exhibition is on in Sydney until the 1st of February, 2015 and there are lots of artifacts I hope you’ll also enjoy exploring and photographing as much as I did!