Petroglyphs in Utah  by Mike Butler

Petroglyphs in Utah

These petroglyphs were made by the Archaic people around 8,000 years ago. This rock art, the Barrier Canyon Style, usually consists of larger than life size anthropomorphic (manlike) forms. The identifying characteristic of these figures is hollowed eyes or missing eyes, the frequent absence of arms and legs, and the anthropomorphs with bug-eyes, antennae, earrings, snakes in hand, and leg-less torsos. The "ghost-like" images may represent shamanistic art associated with ritual activities of the Archaic people.

Photographically I approached this a bit different than my other projects by photographing this face with strobes during the day.