In keeping with the season...
Inspired by Rigoletto's "Facing the Oilworks," I realized how much more interesting interior shots of museums are if you don't wait til the room is empty, but rather use the presence of a visitor to express the emotion of what it actually feels like to be there. I think it turns it into a much more powerful (and interesting) shot and am grateful to Deniz for making me aware of this through his own photography.
I hope this shot gives at least some impression of what it is like to wander through the rooms of Barcelona's amazing MNAC (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya) collections, some of which you have also seen in the wonderful photography of Mike (mjw364) and Juan Ferragut, among others.
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wolf38 (29666) 2013-12-21 7:48
Hi kristin. Museums and exhibition spaces for art have a special charm. The art objects and the amazed visitor complement each other perfectly. In your photo play a special role because they double everything.
rbassin (14455) 2013-12-21 7:59
C'est une photo très intéressante, on se sent comme dans le musée à la place de la personne.
L'espace, la lumière sont bien gérés.
batalay (33875) 2013-12-21 10:21
This past August we visited the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, but unhappily missed the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. This is well composed shot showing both the art and a visitor. Sometime ago I had created a group theme, Pictures at an Exhibition I. Having exhausted the 100 photos allowed that can be integrated into a theme, I just created a new group theme, Pictures at an Exhibition II, so that this gorgeous shot could also be uploaded. Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year.
cargus (7704) 2013-12-21 10:25
Une image techniquement bien fait, avec un sujet intéressant, couleur, le contraste et la netteté bien harmonisés, une belle image
holmertz (33511) 2013-12-21 11:15
Considering the well polished floor she is really surrounded by the paintings. I would say that you don't just get more interesting photos from museums by including a visitor or two. IMHO it's essential to include people in a place like this, otherwise you might just as well look at the paintings in books or on other sites. Pictures from museums are all about the connection between art and spectator. Without people such pictures get totally dead. Well, that's what I think anyway.
This is a god photo with a fine balance and a good light. It gives me a feeling of interaction of some kind between the girl and the paintings.
oss (421) 2013-12-21 12:09
A very well balanced shot in an amazing surrounding. Straight lines of walls and bench contrast well with paintings and the one figure. I feel a total equilibrium.
emka (67299) 2013-12-21 13:49
Hi Kristin, I see that rigoletto inspires you a lot. Indeed, the photos from museums without the visitors are much better. And we have here many examples of very beautiful photos, like in Bulent's theme "Pictures from the exhibition". Knowing that there were many famous painters from Barcelona, this museum must be really interesting. Nice scene. The girl seems interested in art, I often see the people just relaxing or, worse, looking at their iphones or ipads instead around. And how the floor is shining and there is no need to put the special shoes as in our museums :)
I wish you and your family happy and very Merry Christmas.
All the best MAlgo
CLODO (27498) 2013-12-22 0:30
it's the way I visit exhibitions, galeries and museums when I have my camera. I always look for a link between the master pieces and the tourists, trying to have as in your picture only one person.
You could have cropped the top to remove the wooden ceiling and so have a long landscape picture.
I am sure you will appreciate the book of Elliott Erwitt "Museums watching" .
see attached the link http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=SearchResult&ALID=2S5RYD5ZFOR
too late to get it for Xmas!
saxo042 (35196) 2013-12-22 1:00
An excellent way to show an art exhibition.The inclusion of a person is quite necessary to put everything in context. A well composed picture where the reflections in the glossy floor add interest.
Noel_Byrne (16219) 2013-12-22 7:14
She is immersed in art, literally as the paintings are above, below, around and before her. The reflections in the ground make a nice touch to the scene and give it a nice 3D feeling. I love your thought that including the people is so much better and I do agree, but I find myself very nervous in trying it. I have done shots of that kind a few times but am always very conscious of my camera click in these oh so quiet places :)
Beautiful capture, the art itself is brilliant, but I truly love the pose of the girl, she seems to be truly captivated.
All the best
rigoletto (33751) 2013-12-22 9:55
i have so many museum photos in my gallery that once andre (inasiajones) had asked whether i was a mouse living in a museum :) i can't help, i do like arts and museums... so, it is flattering to know that one of my photos has inspired you. the visitor figure is of course essential to let this one out of the "catalogue" category. superb use of mirroring grounds too.
- Copyright: kristin fellows (KristinsCamera) (2371)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-21
- Categories: Daily Life
- Exposure: f/3.4, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Pictures at an Exhibition II [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-21 7:38