This is the Marilyn Monroe room in the Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres, Spain. This “Marilyn Monroe” is an interactive piece. you queue for a while to walk up steps en masse for a chance to peer through a large convex lens that provides the view in my image. The lens is dirty and scratched and moves around, being suspended underneath a dead donkey on rope. The wooden stairs move around as people jostle their way up them - so if some smart Alec wants to tell me this is not in focus or sharp go ahead but I know that already. It was almost impossible to get this shot handheld in the crazy circumstances I was in so this is the best I could do.
The whole museum is the single most brilliantly insane thing I’ve seen in a long time. I walked into that room and was totally mesmerised. Right above the hair curtains there was a bath on the ceiling and in another place table and chairs.
Most definitely a "day my pad went mad" kind of day:
"...the pop-up toaster refused to pop
the chandelier was smashed
the starter motor would not stop
the tyres had been slashed
there was no way out of there
I was stuck with what I had
out of order, beyond repair
the day my pad went MAD " - John Cooper Clarke.
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lousat (71235) 2014-06-30 9:49
Hi Michael,a very interesting post about this room dedicate to Marilyn,a great idea by Dali' this composition,perfect choice of point of view and excellent quality despite the difficult light.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
miumiu (4594) 2014-06-30 11:29
This is a fantastic and exceptional capture again! l love Dali's "crazy" art!
The splendid colours and lights are superb of your shot!
Noel_Byrne (19911) 2014-06-30 12:55
A wacky image and from the sounds of it, a very wacky place too! I think the shot is perfectly done, and see no blur of shake, all I can concentrate is the abject weirdness of it. Funny, the people standing in the pictures that make Marilyn's eyes seem almost like tears, giving a rather melancholy feel to the result. I have never used the word kooky before, but I think it's justified here. Great shot, thanks for sharing such a weird place.
emka (71998) 2014-06-30 13:50
Amazing shot and place, I am sure I would be delighted to see it, just like you. What an idea. Really crazy place and splendid presentation of it.
Very interesting and funny note. The right corner seems a bit unsharp :)). Smart Alec. The lips would make nice couch.
WArm regrads MAlgo
carlo62 (26630) 2014-06-30 14:37
ritengo che tu abbia fatto un ottimo lavoro, visto le condizioni in cui ti trovavi e questa è una bella dedica alla Monroe e una bella condivisione.
Mics (615) 2014-06-30 20:05
A good serving of Dali's surrealist art. I know I will be mesmerized too if I see this place. Good shot in a difficult situation.
CLODO (28482) 2014-07-01 0:26
A good impression of a lady portrait, another Dali's incredible vision and realisation.
trevormoffiet (2168) 2014-07-01 3:03
A fabulous shot that does justice for the art. If you get a chance to go to Hobart when you are in Australia, I think that you would like MONA; Tasmania's Museum of Old and New Art. MONA
ourania (25320) 2014-07-01 8:21
the conditions under which this photo was taken sound quite challenging, I'm glad you gave it a try, it's a brilliant presentation. I didn't know of this work, it's very interesting as an artistic vision, as an installation and as a photo. There's a seeming symmetry that encloses surprises, the portrait has an immediate impact and then we are drawn to another level where depth, colours, light and shadow create a captivating effect too. The blurry frame gives the impression of movement. Intriguing and playful. Congratulations and thank you! Thank you also for your kind and generous comment.
All the best, have a great evening,
tyro (18202) 2014-07-01 15:23
A surreal photograph from what sounds like an utterly surreal place - and very well captured considering what sound like very adverse circumstances. And, to me at least, this appears remarkably clear and sharp!
Very well taken, very well composed and with excellent light, colours and exposure despite what was probably very poor lighting too.
worldcitizen (6405) 2014-07-01 17:33
Cool photo! It's like going down the rabbit hole in "Alice in Wonderland". :-) I've always been a fan of surrealism,. and this museum sounds like it has plenty of it. The scene itself is fascinating, and the circumstances under which you took it also sound a bit quirky! Sharpness doesn't matter here - at least not to me. It's a fun capture, and I like the way those curtains frame the shot, too.
- Copyright: Michael Wright (mjw364) (6992)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-22
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D7000, 18-105mm 3.5 - 5.6G ED AF-S VR Nikkor
- Exposure: f/8, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-30 9:06